who could benefit from it from 2022?

FOOD CHECK. Emmanuel Macron is seriously considering setting up a food voucher in 2022. For whom? What amount? When ? We tell you everything.

[Mis à jour le 2 mai 2022 à 08h16] Promised from December 2020, the introduction of an energy check has so far never seen the light of day. Emmanuel Macron raised the possibility of creating such a mechanism before the Citizens’ Climate Convention. It is clear that two years later, after the re-election of the Head of State, nothing has changed on this subject. However, the discussions are going well, and a food check could well see the light of day in 2022. Initiator of this project, the senator Mounir Mahjoubi declared last year its wish to help the most modest households, the French people most in difficulty to eat properly, by allowing them “to acquire virtuous products, fresh products with a sign of quality with a priority on fruits and vegetables“. And it is the clear and clear wish of Emmanuel Macron, to allow these low-wage earners to consume French, organic products, while favoring short circuits thanks to a possible implementation of the food voucher, in the face of galloping inflation ( +4.5% in March over one year) Aid that could benefit 8 million people in France.

The Minister of Agriculture Julien Denormandie was talking about an implementation”soon after the election“Sunday, April 17, which leaves little room for doubt. This new allowance could be distributed by the Caf or directly by the State. It should benefit young people aged 18 to 25 whose incomes remain relatively low. Families with children and with low incomes are also at the heart of the reflection. This food voucher could be used in the supermarket or on the stalls of your local markets. The amount should be fixed around 60 eurosfor an envelope of 4 to 6 billion cost for the State.

The Family Allowance Fund does not issue food vouchers nationwide. At the local level, certain food aid schemes can be put in place. It is advisable to contact the social action department of your fund. On its dedicated site, the Caf de Saône-et-Loire notably highlighted the implementation of one-off aid in April 2020, in order to help the most deprived to buy basic food products. The device was then aimed at beneficiaries of family benefits, APL, RSA and the activity bonus.

The CCAS could have a central role in the allocation of the future food voucher. The Ministry of the Economy defended in any case in 2021 the idea that the municipal centers for social action ensure the distribution (read below). In fact, the CCAS already play a decisive role with the most precarious. They can indeed deliver aid, either in the form of aid in kind (food parcels), or financial aid (aid for school catering, food vouchers or vouchers, personalized support check, etc.).

Would you like to know if your municipality grants food stamps? Turn to your CCAS, because the devices vary from one locality to another. In the Somme department, for example, the CCAS of the town of Albert has implemented vouchers worth 25 euros since June 2020. The number of vouchers varies according to the composition of the household from 4 to 7 vouchers “distributed for a period of 2 months renewable”.

The amount of the food check is not yet known. For the time being, only the deputy for Paris, Mounir Mahjoubi, has presented a quantified proposal, with a check whose price would be between 30 and 60 euros per month per family. “The total budget could then rise from a few hundred million to two billion euros,” said the deputy in February 2021 to Ouest-France. “Afterwards, this will come into confrontation with other proposals, such as specific allocations for the Covid period. This is the whole subject of the discussions which are taking place at governmental level”, he added then. The powerful agricultural union FNSEA offers a device that would allow you to spend 5 euros a day. Invited by Jean-Jacques Bourdin on April 21, 2021, Julien Denormandie had advanced the amount of 50 euros per month.

If Emmanuel Macron is re-elected and sets up this new aid, the food check should be a device aimed at the most deprived people. Emmanuel Macron spoke of “lower classes” and “middle classes” at France Bleu on March 22, 2022. What will be the criteria? Will there be a reference tax income threshold not to be exceeded? For the moment, these questions have not yet been arbitrated. At this stage, several leads are on the table. In 2021, the Ministry of the Economy defended the idea that the system be entrusted to the municipal centers for social action (CCAS), thus targeting 5 million beneficiaries, a track also presented by the citizens of the Citizens’ Convention in their report.

The Minister of Agriculture, he leaned more towards aid for “young people or families with children on low incomes”, in the form of a check or card. The idea is also carried by the deputy of Paris, Mounir Mahjoubi, who defends a project close to that of Julien Denormandie.

Charities, they estimate that the number of potential beneficiaries is much higher, at 8 million. According to a survey by the CSA institute, more than a million French people have used food banks since the start of the health crisis last March. “Having less than a million beneficiaries would not be useful; the real target would be between six and eight million,” said MP Mounir Mahjoubi in an interview with West-France in spring 2021.

Will young people be the first beneficiaries of Emmanuel Macron’s food check? Invited by Jean-Jacques Bourdin on April 21, 2021, the Minister of Agriculture, Julien Denormandie, said he was in favor of it, while indicating that the arbitrations had not yet been made. “Today, we have not finished the job,” he admitted, while the decisions were to be made at the end of March. “Today, the number of people affected by this nutritional inequality is 8 million people. For me, my priority, among them, are young people, 18-25 years old”. He also slipped that the amount of 50 euros was on the table.

Here too, the list must be subject to arbitration soon. In their report, the citizens of the Citizen’s Convention for the Climate defend a device allowing the purchase of “sustainable products (from agro-ecology, short circuits)”. “The term “sustainable” is usually used as designating the 50% of products that must enter into the composition of meals in collective catering (…) from the EGALIM law”, can we read.

“The LREM group offers to offer food vouchers (…) [qui] would make it possible to acquire virtuous products as specified in the Egalim law: fresh products with a sign of quality – organic type or labels – with a priority on fruits and vegetables”, explains Mounir Mahjoubi to the regional daily West France. “Opening up to other more expensive products would not necessarily be significant in the family basket. For us, 85% of the money invested will then have to go back to the farmers. We are however well aware that in certain working-class and urban constituencies, who have few sales in short circuits or on the farm, nothing will be possible if we do not work with large retailers”.

The scenario defended by Bercy, which proposes to assign this competence to the CCAS, is also on this line. “The State would therefore pay the difference between a normal food basket and a basket meeting the sustainable criteria (organic, red label, IGP, etc.) defined by the Egalim law of 2018”, can we read in The echoes.

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