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Fischer among mayors pushing limit use of food stamps to buy soda

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is one of the United States mayors pushing to keep government food vouchers from being used to purchase soda and other sugary drinks.

Fischer and 17 other mayors said in a letter to congressional leaders that it is "time to test and evaluate approaches limiting" food stamps buying sugary beverages.

Mayor Fischer released a statement Wednesday regarding the letter he signed to Congress addressing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits:

"My concerns — and the reason I signed the letter to Congress — are the 130,715 families in Louisville who rely on the SNAP program to help feed their families. I am very concerned that, with the proposed cuts in the program, it would have a significant negative impact on the mothers and fathers who need assistance to feed themselves and their children. Our city has numerous health problems and we've been working diligently to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to undeserved neighborhoods. We've also worked with farmers markets so they will accept SNAP cards, which also has a positive impact on our local and state farmers."

In 2012, more than 47 million Americans used food vouchers.

Currently food stamps cannot be used to purchase alcohol, cigarettes and hot food among other items.

The American Beverage Association said the effort will not make the nation healthier.

For more information on SNAP, click here.

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