Recently Amazon announced that it was going to participate in the SNAP program and is committed to making food accessible through online grocery shopping.  44 million Americans rely on food stamps and the government spends $74 billion a year on the program and now we want them to use the money on Amazon. Great if it saves them money right?

Wrong. Amazon won’t lift the delivery fees or the prime membership in order to get free shipping. So according to Amazon this is how much they will pay:

“Prime members in select cities can shop for groceries, everyday essentials, favorites from local shops and restaurants, and more with AmazonFresh. Visit Amazon.com/AmazonFresh to see if AmazonFresh delivers to your area.

As a Prime member you can now can now add AmazonFresh for $14.99 per month to your existing Prime membership.

Existing annual Prime Fresh members will be charged $99 for their annual Prime membership and $14.99 each month for Fresh upon your renewal date. Alternatively, you can switch to the monthly Fresh Add-on before the renewal date by visiting Manage Your Prime Membership, or by following the link in the email you received about the subscription update for personalized assistance.”

So in total, users of the service will pay $278.88 per year. This ends up being an idiotic waste of government money to even try a pilot program. If the recipient has to pay out of pocket the $278.88 a year then the program will make poor people.  For Amazon it makes sense to grab some of the $74 billion the government spends on food stamps but for the government it is ridiculously stupid. Amazon probably hopes that they can push the government to pay for some or all of the extra fees. I don’t blame them, they are a for profit company. So kill this program before it spends a single penny of tax payer money.

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