The Agriculture Department last week began mandating that millions of boxes of surplus food for needy families include a letter from President Donald Trump claiming credit for the program. The USDA’s $4 billion Farmers to Families Food Box Program has distributed more than 100 million boxes to those in need since May, with the aim of redirecting meat, dairy and produce that might normally go to restaurants and other food-service businesses.
But organizations handing out the aid complain the program is now being used to bolster Trump’s image a month before a high-stakes election — and some even have refused to distribute them. “In my 30 years of doing this work, I’ve never seen something this egregious,” said Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Food Banks. “These are federally purchased boxes.” The letter comes in both English and Spanish on White House letterhead and features Trump’s bold signature.
The Agriculture Department last week began mandating that millions of boxes of surplus food for needy families include a letter from Trump claiming credit for the program. @politico https://t.co/LfUsAMGh36
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 1, 2020
Trump is literally trying to bribe people into voting for him by pretending as though he’s giving them free food. https://t.co/ea63BhTrBY
— Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) October 1, 2020