San Francisco Starts Taxpayer-Funded ‘Free’ Food Markets

Closeup on mushrooms and tomato sauce burger set with fries and ketchup

In the United States, there has been a plethora of issues surrounding the economy over the last several years. It is currently estimated that 6 out of every 10 American citizens are currently living from paycheck to paycheck. While this statistic is alarming, an article published by CNBC alleges that for many people, the reasons for this reality may be due to personal spending habits rather than a genuine inability to afford necessities after living a frugal lifestyle while adhering to a structured, organized and strict financial budget. Regardless, the fact of the matter is that most Americans are not feeling optimistic about the state of fiscal affairs in the country. Inflation has crushed the average citizen, and the price of basic household necessities like food and other groceries, energy bills and other things have soared in cost over a five year period. 

When looking at average fast food prices in the country, this marked increase is quite apparent. USA today recently published an article which shows that over only a 10-year period (since the calendar year 2014), Americans are paying nearly twice what they would have for fast food. This insane statistic has shown that “limited-service” restaurants (or those affiliated with “fast” or processed/quick food) saw a 47% price hike since that calendar year. This has not deterred a rising number of Americans from consuming fast food, though. A report collected between 2013 and 2016 showed that about 36% of Americans consumed fast food each day. A 2023 report showed that 65% of Americans consumed fast food on a weekly basis. 

As inflation continues to crush consumers, a major city in a far-left progressive state has taken drastic measures to attempt to mitigate food crises for Americans (and even likely for illegals and non-citizens). Despite facing serious problems in relation to crime and homelessness, the city launched a taxpayer-funded program to provide “free” food to those experiencing food insecurity.