Mobile grocers prey on food stamp users, push junk foods8/7/2012
Adults should be allowed to choose what they eat or drink (we see you, Bloomberg). But there is a pernicious element to the business practices of the “mobile grocers” in Texas who target residents in impoverished and under-served neighborhoods. Since mobile grocers in Texas accept food stamps (if they are approved vendors with the USDA), and many residents in the neighborhoods the trucks frequent lack access to grocery stores, the trucks and their "junk food on wheels" offerings are often the most convenient option. The problem is particularly acute In Houston, once named the country’s fattest city, where the clientele often favor junk foods instead of actual groceries. [Source]
Should the trucks' dietary standards be changed?