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FoodShare junk food bill moves on to full Assembly

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A bill that would limit the amount of junk food that Wisconsin FoodShare recipients can buy with their Qwest Cards passed the Assembly Committee on State Affairs Tuesday.

In its amended form, Assembly Bill 110 would require FoodShare recipients to use at least 2/3 of their monthly benefits to buy staple food products.  Eligible staple food products would include the items on the WIC (Women and Infant Children) list, as well as meat, pork, chicken, fish, and vegetables.

"The FoodShare Reform legislation will make sure we continue to help those truly in need in
our communities with basic food necessities, while at the same time reduce the abuse and misuse of this program," said Rep. Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah), who authored the bill.

AB 110 moves on to the full Assembly despite numerous food retail and production groups registering against the bill, including the Wisconsin Grocers Association and the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association.  The groups say it would hurt Wisconsin's food-based economy.

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