I definitely know where you're coming from, and I agree, the whole welfare system needs some serious reform. I used to be a Walmart cashier, and it used to bother me greatly to see people buy $300 in groceries on an ebt card when most of it was empty calories. I have no problem with helping out the less fortunate who really need it, but the purpose of food stamps should be, as you put it, to cover necessities, not desires, and people should not be able to buy junk food with tax payers money. What I was especially bothered by, was that many of the ebt customers I saw were severly overweight. The purpose of the system is to encourage healthy quality of life for people, not help them feed a poor habit that's going to end up costing the system more money, by encouraging them to become more obese using tax dollars to buy Dove Bars and Doritos. It seems to me, that if food stamps only covered very basic staple foods, i.e., produce, canned items, bread, milk, etc, with more restrictive purchase rules similar to WIC, rather than allowing them ANY food they want, it would teach them about frugal spending and healthy eating plans and encourage them to use their food stamps and all other money wisely.