Mikhailoh wrote:In 1972 I was staying wih a very poor friends family in Poplar Bluff, MO for a couple weeks. They got what was called Commodities - big boxes of great, shelf stable food. Lots of whole canned chickens, noodles, soups, vegetables. Good food to feed a family. Worked great.
In 1974 I was in an apartment in my home town, buying food stamps fifty cents on the dollar so recipients could buy cigarettes.
Which solution do you find better?
Of course Mikailoh, the first option sound better. But don't you think that the same person who was selling food stamps for $0.50 would take a box of food and sell it also? As I mentioned above, if people are going to cheat, they are going to cheat. It does not matter if they receive a stamp or a box of food. They will find a way to cheat.
For example, what is to stop a person saying that their box was stolen from their front deck? Do you send another one? Maybe it really was stolen. Maybe they are just saying that so that they can get double the amount and sell part of it.
I just see the logistic of doing this to be a lot a lot more more money and extra people and other things that would be much more than any potential savings.