I realize that they could be traded for money which can be traded for other things, however, unless there's a loophole I can't think of, it's one step better than foodstamps, actually, make that two steps (actually, make that several, I feel like rambling.)
1) I would imagine that all the tokens, even if they are traded with someone else for whatever might be considered bad, will in the end probably make their way to a soup kitchen (which is good.)
2) Unlike foodstamps which can be used for any
food at a grocery store these could only be used for whatever healthful meals that would be made that day at the soup kitchens. No potato chips or soda. (And I've definitely heard stories about rural Louisiana where people could walk into the local store and buy anything
with their EBT card including cigarettes and beer, not that rural Louisiana has soup kitchens where this applies.)
3) Although I can't prove this one, I would imagine there'd be less temptation to use these tokens for drugs than if there were a $5 bill sitting in a beggar's cup. Of course, any addicted person will find a way to do get what they need.
4) Unlike foodstamps, it wouldn't come from taxpayer money, it would come straight from those who want to fund such a program.
Originally Posted by LadyFaile
you should pass the idea on to existing soup kitchens
After I typed that and was laying in bed last night I thought of that!
I think I'm going to look some local ones up and contact them.