Mayor Fischer supports ban on sugary drink food stamp purchases - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mayor Fischer supports ban on sugary drink food stamp purchases

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville could be joining more than a dozen other cities to kick soda off the menu for some people.

Mayor Greg Fischer is among several other mayors pushing for an end to food stamps being used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

In a letter to congressional leaders yesterday, the mayors said it's time to test approaches limiting the subsidies for sugar-filled beverages.

Back in 2010, the US Department of Agriculture turned down a request to stop food stamps from buying soda.

A spokesperson for Mayor Fischer says he is not against people buying sugary drink, but concerned Louisville families will be hurt if there are cuts to the food stamp program.

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