Maine Asks Feds to Allow Ban on Food Stamps for Candy, Soda
(CBS NEWS) AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine has once again asked the federal government to ban the purchase of sugary drinks and candy with food stamps.
Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew says the nutritional value of candy and soda doesn’t require further debate and that Maine faces rising obesity.
A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study found soft drinks accounted for 5 percent of food stamp purchases.
Mayhew says $700 million is spent on obesity-related medical expenditures in Maine.
The department also asked to shift $4 million in federal funding for nutrition education to food banks, schools and community organizations.