Baker Catches Hell For Sticking To Her Principles And Not Accepting Food Stamps

Posted on August 16, 2012

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Massachusetts (The Gaslamp Post) -A baker from Walpole, Massachusetts has taken a stand against what she is calling abuses of tax-payer dollars after she was pressured to sell her goods at a farmers market to individuals using EBT cards.  Andrea Taber, owner of the Ever So Humble Pie Co. has staged a one woman protest after she received flack from an organizer for not going along with the program.

“I don’t think American taxpayers should be footing the bill for people’s pie purchases,” said Ms. Taber.  “To me it’s no different than nail salons and Lottery tickets.  It’s pastry, it’s dessert. My pies are great, but come on.”

The reasoning behind the farmers market deciding to accept food stamps was that there was a general belief that those on food assistance do not have adequate access to healthy food.  “What better chance to buy healthy foods than at a farmers market?” asked event organizer for the Braintree Farmers Market, Donna Ingemanson.

Ingemanson reportedly sent an email to all of the market’s vendors in May, urging them to accept the special tokens that EBT card users could purchase and in turn use for goods at the weekend events.  Ms. Taber reportedly responded to the email with some choice words of her own and voiced her opinion in July.

According to the Boston Herald:

Taber told the Herald she has no problem with customers using their taxpayer-funded welfare benefits to buy fresh fruit and vegetables. But she draws a line when it comes to her own sweet, fatty goods.

That same day Taber received a response:

“I know it’s been a struggle for you to accept this program but we really need to work something out,” Ingemanson emailed back the same day. “Other markets make it mandatory to sign on to these programs and my guess is that it will be for us soon. … In fact, you’re the only one who is resistant to the idea.”

Unwilling to let the issue simply die, Ms. Taber tapped her state representative, Shaunna O’Connell (R-Taunton), who is a known for being pro-welfare reform.  Rep. O’Connell has come out in support of Ms. Taber’s stand and stated publicly that, “She (Taber) should not be penalized for standing up for her principles — she should be applauded.”

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The farmers market organizers are going to decide this winter whether or not to make it mandatory for all vendors to accept EBT tokens for their goods in order to be eligible to sell at their market.  If this becomes the case, Ms. Taber has already decided she would just as soon pack up and go.

“I’m not going to sacrifice my principles and standards for the sake of a few more sales,” said Ms. Taber.

Posted in: Patriotism, Welfare