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Subeck Sponsors Bills To Help Those On Food Assistance Make Better Nutritional Choices

Legislation Drafted As Alternative To Republican Plan That Limits What People On FoodShare Can Buy


A Madison Democrat is seeking support for two bills designed to get people on public assistance to eat better.

Last week, a public hearing was held on a Republican bill that limits what people on FoodShare can buy. The bill requires two-thirds of purchases be healthy foods approved for the Women Infants and Children or WIC program.

Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, is opposed to the plan.

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“It’s pretty clear to me that we are taking the wrong approach, and that if our goal is to improve nutritional outcomes and access to good, high-quality food, there’s a better approach,” said Subeck.

Subeck is sponsoring two proposals. The first allows those on FoodShare to take nutrition classes instead of employment training. The second would create a tax credit for grocery stores to operate in poor neighborhoods that are so-called food deserts.