Now Accepting Food Stamps: Starbucks

December 2, 2011  |  

A tall, skinny Frappuccino with a shot of espresso and light foam is a luxury item most middle-class working folks don’t indulge in on a daily basis, so the fact that the notoriously expensive coffee chain is accepting food stamps in some of its outlets has more than a few people upset.

A Fox News 12 investigation revealed that food stamps could be used to buy a $5.25 tall Frappaccino and a slice of pumpkin bread from a branch of Starbucks in Salem, OR, and taxpayers are outraged at the “misuse” of their money which is intended to buy necessities like bread and milk, not fancy morning beverages.

A spokesperson for the Safeway store where the foot stamps were accepted in Starbucks, told Fox the store made the change as an added convenience to customers.

According to guidelines from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), food stamps cannot be used to buy hot foods or foods that will be eaten in the store. A spokesperson for the State Department of Human Services said they weren’t aware of the loophole in the program and they would contact the grocery stores to get more information and make sure they are operating within the SNAP guidelines. If they are, I guess it’s a #win for Oregon Trail users in the city.

Do you care if food stamps are used to buy Frappuccinos or does SNAP need to shut this down?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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