Could not that $75,000 for organizations for finding food stamp beneficiaries be better spent in some other way?
For example, I have suggested before that our welfare program, use funds to train some of the recipients (those who voluntarily would choose the training) in child care. Then those individuals would have skills to care for the children of other mothers who could train for other jobs. God knows, now there are plenty of vacant houses that agencies could buy at a pittance and use for child care centers.
Not to mention that private child care costs around $150/week in my area, and that's not for the high-end facilities. Child care has become serious business with the growth of 2-family incomes & single-parent homes.
Some of those recipients could also be trained to provide food preparation training for mothers collecting food stamps, so that they could get more mileage out of the food stamps they receive. And food stamps then be limited to basic foods, and not allowed to be used for luxury items. It would be hard to limit food stamps to certain types of meat (steak v. pork butt), but it would be very easy to eliminate certain items like soda.
Since there are many private-sector food banks, would it not make more sense to spend that $75,000 in helping those entities teach food preparation classes to the same end? Maybe tie food-stamp benefits to taking such training classes? Maybe even having such classes for pre-teens and teens so that they will develop these skills early in life? And providing an after-school program simultaneously? (More bang for the buck?)
We are doing poor children no favor by providing money for food that is not nutritious. As a kid, I can remember drinking Kool-Aid because it was cheaper than soda. No better for you than soda, but at least it was cheaper
Possibly the largest problem with having govt take over charitable services is that the rest of us don't have to think about what we can/should do on a personal level; even, perhaps, stifling charitable donations for the very reason HPL mentions?
I guess it all goes back to the basic idea of giving a man a fish or teaching him to fish for himself.