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Old 04-25-2015, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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This isn't about SNAP purchases. This is about the government run food pantries called "Food Shelves".
They want the government run food pantries to stock their ethnic food.

The Minnesota Food Shelf program:
Minnesota Food Shelf Program (MFSP)
Right stock the food pantries in case their SNAP runs out.
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:29 AM
 
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Take this with a grain of salt look where it came from....
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:50 AM
 
Location: where you sip the tea of the breasts of the spinsters of Utica
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Ethnic food shelf at a food bank? Great idea. Stock it with Spam for Hawaians, country hams for Southerners, chicharrones for Mexicans, and cheap wine for American bums.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Holland
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With enough people of this religion in the Minnesota area, why doesn't a local merchant open a shop to sell this food?

Its certainly legal to sell "halal" food in America, and its legal to give it away as well. Why aren't the local mosques passing the hat and soliciting funds from wealthy individuals in the religion to pony up and provide this food? What do politicians have to do with this anyhow? Halal food stores are able to join the food stamp program too if they want.
I agree with most of the posts in this thread. But no post is better than this one. Very, very true words.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:19 AM
 
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If the government established a religious food shelf, wouldn't that violate separation of church and state?
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:21 AM
 
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They should demand their local mosque set one up. The government can't establish one that's designed to support a specific religion.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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What is with this assumption that Muslims equals immigrant? Near as I can tell almost half of all Muslims in the U.S. are American converts.
The group that is making the complaints is a Somali activist organization
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:43 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I thought the Koran said you must work and earn your keep???? How can you be a "good" muslim and request assistance from non-muslims????!?!?!?!

If, according to the koran, tax payers are "slaves" then welfare is not appropriate for anyone following the faith.
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Old 04-25-2015, 08:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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They don't like American food. They want their own food.
It's not only coming from the Muslims but the Asians and Hispanics as well.

They want ethnic food, not American food.
No one TRULY hungry WANTS anything.....once hungry enough, we all NEED whatever is offered.
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Old 04-25-2015, 10:27 AM
 
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The headline is so inflammatory, as is that entire site.

The food shelves are government-funded food pantries. If you have one of these food shelves in an area with a high concentration of a particular ethnic group, does it not make sense to fill it with items that said group eats? While I agree with the general sentiment of "beggars can't be choosers" at the same time, could it simply be a matter that the people who run them had not considered this issue, and bringing it to their attention would just mean that they made an easy adjustment to the food items they stock? I don't think it has to be seen as so much of an "us against them" issue.

My mom helps run a food pantry (not a shelf) in rural Wisconsin. The people who use it are long-term members of the community, eating typical midwestern American food. If the pantry was suddenly filled with foreign foods which they weren't accustomed to, it doesn't seem unreasonable that people might ask about getting more familiar fare. It doesn't mean they are not grateful for the assistance they are getting. I don't see how the situation with these Somali refugees is that different.
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