Long recognized as an industry that understands the consumer the restaurant industry is prepared to expand its relationship with the Federal Food Stamp program in order to assist seniors, disables and homeless.
San Diego County, California may soon accept the “electronic equivalent of food stamps from select customers. The country supervisors “directed county officials to return within three months with a program that allows seniors, disabled and homeless people to use CalFresh benefits, formerly known as food stamps, in exchange for hot or prepared meals.”
The program would be administered locally and funded by the federal government, a spokesman for the California Restaurant Association in Sacramento stated. In a presentation to the board of supervisors, the association stated companies participating in other cities include El Pollo Loco, Subway, KFC and Jack in the Box. Salads, soups, sandwiches and grilled meats comprise most of the available menu options. The meal options would be healthy and relatively inexpensive, both are especially important for seniors and disabled people who live in rented rooms, or apartments without kitchens, making it difficult for them to store and prepare food, he said. It would not pay for tips, alcohol or cigarettes.
Other states that have similar programs are Arizona, Florida and Michigan. San Diego would become the sixth county in the state of California. Ready-to-eat and ready fresh prepared food is good for seniors, the disabled and the homeless. A family living in a car has no place to cook. Expanding the program for the homeless and elderly will be a great benefit.
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