There’s regifting, and then there’s just breaking the law.
That’s according to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food and nutrition service, which provides federal grants to states for supplemental food for nutritionally challenged low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five.
In what looks as if it has the legs to become a meaty issue, some recipients of the WIC food vouchers have been using them to purchase baby formula only to turn around and resell it on Craigslist, an online resource for free classified ads.
WIC has been investigating the accusations, and said those found guilty of fraud could potentially face jail time, lose all of their benefits and be forced to reimburse the program for past benefits received.
Here are the questions that immediately spring to mind (well, to my mind, at least): If you qualify for assistance from WIC, then either you or your children are in need of gastronomic help, no? So, if you’re using WIC vouchers to buy baby formula and then go and sell it online, what, exactly are you feeding your children? Should I expect the best in this worst case scenario and believe that you’re taking the money gained from the sale of the baby formula to go out and buy other food for your growing infant or toddler? Fresh fruits and vegetables, maybe? Do you have a Plan B for feeding your children if you get caught and lose your WIC benefits? Let me guess — you’ll turn to the Eats on Feets Facebook page to help match you with a breast milk donor, right?
And, oh yeah, and does the irony not escape you that you’re selling to others what they’ve already paid for through their tax dollars?
Do you think it’s okay for people to sell formula purchased through WIC online if it means they’re using the profits on their children? Or is it simple stealing, no matter what?
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