Actual poor people drink water and take vitamin C tablets (or actually eat oranges when possible instead of drinking juice). May I mention for the record that we never had juice in the fridge either. We did occasionally have apples and oranges though.
That's not the point (and HA, vitamin tablets?)
yes. What was your point? One of the items that was commonly in the food boxes when I was a kid were bottles of various vitamins. I assume because most of the stuff in there was non-perishable, so you usually didn't get fruits and vegetables (except the occasional canned variety of course).
The point is you are making a big deal about the "expense" of Soda, and how the Food Stamps being spent on it means they have too much. Soda is cheaper than other non-water beverages, and the other non-water beverages are just as unhealthy in terms of "nothing but empty calories from sugar".
I am not singling out "soda", but any non-necessary item. Soda happens to be something I include in that list. I also include pre-made bottles of fruit juice, especially any that aren't "all natural". Those which are all natural are expensive (a lot more expensive). It's much more economical to simply buy oranges and eat them then to buy orange juice from the store and keep it in the fridge.
And unless you don't have access to a tap, anything other than the gallon or larger jugs of basic water is also a luxury item. You don't need to drink any of them. You can drink water. As I mentioned earlier, if you really need some flavoring, instant tea is relatively inexpensive. My point is that if you are really struggling to feed yourself and your children, you are not going to be buying any of those things. Water is free (more or less). It's what you actually need to hydrate yourself. Actual food should be purchased with food stamps, not yummy treats. It's surprising to me how much resistance this somewhat simple idea is receiving.