Change the way we assist with food.
Some different ideas: Take the money available to assist with food and divide it between those that have applied that month.
Instead of giving people cards to buy whatever they want have places where they can come pick up commodities. Start with produce from our state, potatoes, beans, fruit, dairy etc.
Cut back the money given and teach them if required how to cook. Counties already have instructors to do this. I do not know any family that spends the amount that those that get assistance get.
For example I know a family with three small children. They get nearly $1000 including WIC for one child. When I had eight children at home and we were struggling I spent $250 a month - that included diapers, toilet paper and other non-food items. Oatmeal, beans, rice and other basics go a long way for a lot less money.
I don't think we need to pay for people to pick up frozen meals to warm up because they don't want to bother to cook. I have also know families that would pick up Pizzas from Papa Murphy''s, chips, candy, soda, to try to use up their money. Others will by meat to feed their pets. People I have known on assistance have thought they were getting a lot more than they needed.
We can assist but not provide extras that our own families cannot afford.
Time to think out of the box.
Kelly Huit commented
Rather than divide the money up among those that have applied set very stringent criteria for qualifying for the government aid such as EBT (Eletronic Benefits - food stamps). Restrict the food choices to items like the WIC program (only fortified with vitamines, etc.). Reduce the benefit amount. I have personally seen those on food stamps purchasing prime rib, service deli party trays, etc. I personally know of people that use up their EBT (regardless of need) and then sell the food purchased for cash. These types of activities defrauding the TAX Payer need to be policed.