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Food stamp cuts are bad for business, warns incoming Kraft (KFT) CEO Tony Vernon, who says...

Food stamp cuts are bad for business, warns incoming Kraft (KFT) CEO Tony Vernon, who says a minimum one-sixth of company revenue comes from program usage. Proposals floating around Congress would cut funding for food stamps as health advocates point out the program is a corporate subsidy to the nation's processed food giants.
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  • Poor Texan
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    There are abuses in the food stamp program but there are also hungry people. Unless the government is willing to outsource the food program to the charities, e.g. Salvation Army et al, the problems will continue. However, a lot of government employees depend on the food stamp program for their jobs.
    9 Sep 2012, 11:10 PM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    Charities used to provide lots of food for the poor.... before the government decided to crowd them out with tons of regulations. My own church kitchen was good enough for the congregation but somehow not good enough to provide food for those with nothing.

     

    And I believe the rules passed were intentional - they knew we wouldn't be able to spend the over 100K in renovations to meet the new requirements - (which were all BS by the way). So we have a large kitchen that holds church functions and cooks food for those functions - but the moment a poor hungry person comes in and we feed him/her or their children then its time to be fined! Ridiculous.

     

    People in government wanted to close down as many food kitchens as possible to ensure they would have a larger role. Immoral and wrong IMO.
    10 Sep 2012, 01:57 AM Reply Like
  • Mike Tango
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    How would outsourcing change the point; SA and others would still be buying the same food stuffs. I'm "Greener" than most, but can't see cleaning out the farmers market every day to satisfy someones agenda.
    10 Sep 2012, 03:00 AM Reply Like
  • Mike Tango
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    Could you provide a short list of new regulations/standards that put you out of the FK business? Could you zero in on any sanitation issues? Your statement: "People in government etc.." seems to mix apples with oranges, i.e. closing down food kitchens is not the same as restricting the types of food that is served up, which is the point at issue. Do I sense a vast Right/Left wing conspiracy here?
    10 Sep 2012, 03:10 AM Reply Like
  • davidbdc
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    Its been more than a decade so I can't provide you the entire list.

     

    But there were two things I do remember.

     

    One, was that you had to enter part of the sanctuary and then go down some stairs to reach the kitchen. We didn't have an elevator to get down to the kitchen....... thus we had to install one if the area would be open to the public AND we had to build an entrance that didn't require physical presence in the sanctuary on the way to the food!!!

     

    Two, we had some very old cast iron stoves in the kitchen - I don't recall the make/model but they were from the 1930's or 40's. They were unbelievable stoves IMO - but they didn't meet some sort of requirement and we'd have to replace them if the public would be eating food cooked by the stoves.

     

    There were others - the list was unbelievably long and the total cost to "fix" everything was over 100K - well over if I recall

     

    And it certainly was "people in government" the very same folks that grow their empire by limiting the competition. After all if we aren't helping these folks then we'll need more government programs to help them. Its no conspiracy - its what is taking place all across the country.

     

    So somehow the food was ok for folks like myself - member of the congregation. But god forbid we fed anyone that is actually going hungry.
    10 Sep 2012, 09:45 PM Reply Like
  • Mike Tango
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    Thanks for the comeback. I agree, the two issues you point out are/were a bunch of.......Nonsense! The age of a stove shouldn't have a thing to do with feeding the needy as long is it does the job. I might understand the transit of the sanctuary issue IF there was a sermon requirement before eating AND if government funds were being used. Having two son-in-laws that are ministers, I can appreciate the "separation of church and state" issues that come up. The elevator thing is just plain nuts. Just thank your lucky stars you didn't try to do an outdoor picnic for homeless Vets!
    11 Sep 2012, 06:03 PM Reply Like
  • GaltMachine
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    "CEO Tony Vernon, who says a minimum one-sixth of company revenue comes from program usage. Proposals floating around Congress would cut funding for food stamps as health advocates point out the program is a corporate subsidy to the nation's processed food giants."

     

    Funny this blurb answers the question it poses in a nice concise way.
    9 Sep 2012, 11:12 PM Reply Like
  • untrusting investor
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    Ahhhh .... now we get the real agenda of corporate america. Corporate welfare is just fine, but people welfare is just socialism.

     

    Perhaps KFT CEO, Tom Vernon, needs to be the featured speaker at the next RNC convention and let the tea party know how it really works in the corporate america world.
    9 Sep 2012, 11:51 PM Reply Like
  • x oil -field
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    UI
    My simple reply to your comment is +1,and it was (is) a very ''gutsy'' post for SA!
    10 Sep 2012, 12:25 AM Reply Like
  • uptickusa
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    Explosion growth of mice in US will keep KFT growing
    10 Sep 2012, 12:21 AM Reply Like
  • Mike Tango
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    Tony is saying that about 17% of KFT sales is derived from FS sales; man that's a lot of Mac & Cheese! When you consider the "other guys" in the industry, it adds up to some serious money! Unless one grows/raises ones own food, EVERY THING (food wise) is processed in some way. Anybody know the specifics of what the food police are concerned about?
    10 Sep 2012, 03:29 AM Reply Like
  • TwistTie
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    Enforcement.
    10 Sep 2012, 01:19 PM Reply Like
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