This is a terrible idea.
For one, it places the burden of distribution on state governments, including Arkansas. The most efficient way to distribute food to people is through existing channels. Companies like Walmart and Harps spend big bucks perfecting their logistics and delivery systems, and Arkansas would have to create something like that from scratch.
How would boxes be delivered to migrant workers, transient and homeless? How would they be delivered to remote rural communities? What about people with special dietary requirements including food allergies? The boxes wouldn’t even include fresh fruits or vegetables. The program would keep SNAP dollars out of local Farmers Markets, like the one right here Fayetteville.
Food Research and Action Center, a prominent non-profit group, said the harvest box would be, “costly, inefficient, stigmatizing and prone to failure.” I agree with them.
Meanwhile, our local congressman, Steve Womack, who is now the House GOP Budget Committee chair, has maligned SNAP recipients as people who “stay on the couch, eat their potato chips”. You can see where their mindset is.
Just say no to the Trump budget, and to his GOP allies in our state government. I believe my years of experience working on local government budgets here in Fayetteville, which have used your tax money wisely, makes me the right candidate to represent you in our state legislature.