Food Stamps

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

Between job layoffs and a progressive case of diabetes, times are tough for Gary Adami and his family.

"The economy put us in this situation," said Adami.

When Gary lost his health insurance his diabetes took a turn for the worse. Now, the family relies heavily on government medical and food assistance programs.

"I don't want to be in this situation. Don't want to be on the program. Don't have a choice. We have to eat," said Adami.

But some state lawmakers want to change government food assistance programs. They say high fat, high sugar foods shouldn't be covered.

"Saying what we can and can't eat. It's more socialistic than I can understand," Adami said.

State Senator Dave Syverson says it just makes sense. He's co-sponsoring two resolutions that call for changes to federal and state food programs.

"All we're saying is we know changes have to be made, says Syverson.

Syverson says obesity is reaching epidemic levels in the U.S. and governments and citizens are paying the price.

"A lot of these problems are being caused by the government because we have food programs that are allowing and giving unhealthy food to children," said Syverson.

Gary Adami recognizes the medical concerns but says his family eats healthily and they're already making a lot of tough choices.


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