What if you are in a pinch and need to ask a teenager or neighbor to run to the store for a carton of eggs while you watch an infant at home? That probably won’t be possible anymore with this new ID requirement. Younger family members who help out with grocery shopping are unlikely to have the identification required to make SNAP purchases under this amended bill. Elderly Arkansans who rely on the help of caregivers to make trips to the grocery store will also be out of luck with this bill. Low-income Arkansans already have a hard time getting grocery shopping done because they are more likely to live far away from a store, so this just adds to the hardship of living in a food desert.Nor is this all Bentley is doing. She also adds burdensome eligibility and verification rules on food stamp recipients in this proposal. Compassion is in very short supply.
Grocers will face more red tape. Federal guidelines require that when SNAP users present their EBT card (similar to a debit card) at a grocery store, they must be treated like every other customer. If you make grocers ask SNAP users for ID, they have to ask everyone for ID (goodbye self checkout!). Grocers are very unlikely to like this part of the bill.