Trump Takes Credit for Food Aid in Letter to Needy Families. Sound Familiar?
The news, as it tends to be, has been dominated by President Donald Trump over the last several days, perhaps even more so with his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, which means one recent Trump tidbit largely flew under the radar: his requirement that billions of dollars in food aid packages for the needy arrive in tandem with a letter signed by him.
“As President, safeguarding the health and well-being of our citizens is one of my highest priorities,” the letter reads, referencing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $4 billion Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The initiative has purchased food typically bought by restaurants and rerouted it toward poor families, with over 100 million boxes sent since May. “As part of our response to the coronavirus, I prioritized sending nutritious food from our farmers to families in need throughout America.”
Reactions have not been uniformly positive, with some characterizing the letter as an overtly politicized election stunt. “In my 30 years of doing this work, I’ve never seen something this egregious,” Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks, told Politico. “These are federally purchased boxes.”
Some food banks have begun removing the letters. Meanwhile, several people appear to be receiving the aid and corresponding letter even though they aren’t underserved. “Why would so
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