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FOOD CHECK. Once the legislative elections are over, food inspections may come into effect. For whom ? What is the amount? We tell you everything.

[Mis à jour le 23 mai 2022 à 14h28] Food Coupon Coming Soon! Promised by Emmanuel Macron for almost two years, this test, which allows the middle class and low wages to receive a surcharge to buy fruits and vegetables, should go into effect in the coming weeks. Apparently after the legislative elections (June 12 and 19, 2022). This could be part of the purchasing power bill that the head of state wants. His amount? Between 30 and 60 euros, but nothing has been decided yet. The executive wants to promote the French organic sector and, in particular, the short circuit. He also plans to target fruits and vegetables with this test.

The idea of ​​a new bailout to try to counter the ill effects of inflation was already swarming in the minds of the government, long before the second round of the presidential election and the start of Emmanuel Macron’s second term. This is to be the flagship mission of the new government of Elizabeth Bourne, appointed by the Prime Minister. The track was confirmed by the last government’s spokesman, Gabriel Attal, shortly after Emmanuel Macron’s re-election, following statements from Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandy in April, at the height of the campaign between the two rounds. “The idea is to say that today you have almost eight million of our fellow citizens who find it difficult to access local production, quality production, our French production in fact, and therefore we must give them a push to help them purchase it.he said.

Who will be eligible for a food voucher? Who will be the beneficiaries?

If Emmanuel Macron is re-elected and creates this new aid, food testing should be a vehicle aimed at the most disadvantaged people. Emmanuel Macron spoke about the “lower classes” and “middle classes” at the France Bleu exhibition on March 22, 2022. What will be the criteria? Will there be a basic income tax threshold that must not be exceeded? At the moment, these issues have not yet been considered in arbitration. At this stage, several leads are on the table. In 2021, the Ministry of Economy championed the idea that the system be transferred to the Municipal Social Action Centers (CCAS), thus targeting 5 million beneficiaries, which was also presented by the Citizens of the Civil Convention in their report.

Minister of Agriculture, he was more inclined to help “young people or families with children with low incomes” in the form of a check or a card. The idea is also supported by the MP of Paris, Munir Mahjubi, who defends a project close to that of Julien Denormandy.

Charities, they estimate the number of potential beneficiaries is much higher, at 8 million people. More than a million French people have used food banks since the health crisis began in March last year, according to a survey by the CSA institute. “Having less than a million beneficiaries would be useless; the real goal is from six to eight million,” MP Munir Mahjubi said in an interview. Western France Spring 2021.

Will meal vouchers be the first to affect teens aged 18-25? What about students?

Will young people be the first beneficiaries of Emmanuel Macron’s food voucher? Agriculture Minister Julien Denormandie, invited by Jean-Jacques Bourdain on April 21, 2022, said he supported him, but indicated that the arbitration had not yet taken place. “We didn’t finish the job today,” he admitted, when decisions should have been made at the end of March. “Today, the number of people affected by this food inequality is 8 million. For me, the priority, among them, are young people, 18-25 years old.” He also let slip that there was a sum of 50 euros on the table.

Will CAF be responsible for distributing food vouchers?

The Family Benefits Fund does not currently distribute food stamps nationwide, but may be the entity responsible for this system, linked to the social assistance it already pays out. Some food aid schemes can already be introduced at the local level. It is advisable to contact the social action department of your foundation. On its dedicated website, Caf de Saône-et-Loire highlighted the implementation of a one-off aid in April 2020 to help the most disadvantaged buy basic food. The device was then targeted to family allowance, APL, RSA and activity bonus recipients.

The amount of the food check is not yet known. So far, only the MP from Paris, Munir Mahjoubi, has submitted a quantitative proposal with a check, the price of which will be between 30 and 60 euros per month per family. “The total budget could then grow from a few hundred million to two billion euros,” said the Ouest-France MP in February 2021. “Subsequently, this will come into conflict with other proposals, such as specific allocations for the Covid period. This is the whole subject of discussions that take place at the government level,” he added at the time. The powerful agricultural union FNSEA offers a device that will allow you to spend 5 euros a day. Invited by Jean-Jacques Bourdain on April 21, 2021, Julien Denormandy advanced the amount 50 euros per month. As for the means of payment, nothing has been decided yet. Check, credit card or bank transfer, you will have to wait a few more weeks to find out more.

What products will be affected? Can we buy everything with a food voucher?

The priority of Emmanuel Macron and his government is fruits and vegetables. And French if you can, from a short circuit, and organic! This food voucher can be used at the supermarket or local markets. Judging by the numerous reports circulated in recent weeks, the amount should be set at around 60 eurofor an envelope from 4 to 6 billion cost for the state.

What role can CCAS play in the food stamp system?

Municipal Social Assistance Centers, CCAS, could play a central role in the distribution of future food stamps. The Ministry of Economics defended in any case in 2021 the idea that municipal centers of social action provide distribution (read below). In fact, CCAS already plays a critical role in the most unreliable. They can indeed provide assistance in the form of in-kind assistance (food parcels) or financial assistance (school meal assistance, meal vouchers or vouchers, personal support check, etc.).

Wondering if your municipality issues food stamps? Check with your CCAS because devices vary from one locality to another. For example, in the Somme department, Albert CCAS introduced 25 euro vouchers from June 2020. The number of vouchers varies depending on the composition of the household, from 4 to 7 vouchers “distributed over a period of 2 months. renewable”.

Will a grocery voucher allow me to buy organic food?

Here, too, the list should soon be the subject of arbitration. In their report, Citizens of the Climate Convention at the start of the project through a presentation in 2021 defended a device that allows you to buy “sustainable products (from agroecology, short circuits)”. “The term ‘sustainable’ is commonly used to refer to the 50% of foods that must be part of meals in a collective diet (…) in accordance with the EGALIM law,” read their report.

“The LREM group offers meal vouchers (…) [qui] will allow the purchase of virtuous foods, as stated in the Egalim law: fresh food with a quality mark – organic type or labels – with priority to fruits and vegetables,” LREM MP Munir Mahjoubi explained in 2021 to a daily regional newspaper. Western France. “Opening up to other more expensive products will not necessarily be significant in the family basket. For us, 85% of the money invested will have to go back to the farmers. However, we are well aware that in some working and city districts that have little sales in KZ or on the farm, it won’t work if we don’t work with the big retailers.” The scenario advocated by Bursey, which proposes that this competency be given to CCAS, is also in this vein. “Therefore, the state will pay for the difference between a regular food basket and a basket that meets the criteria for sustainability ( organic, red label, IGP, etc.) as defined by the Egalim law of 2018” can be read in Echo.