McDonald’s food stamps, no they aren't handing out their own brand of food vouchers, this refers to one of the government programs that the McDonald’s resource line suggests to McDonald’s workers when they call. The McDonald's resource line is called "McResource" and it is for the fast food giant's workers only. Apparently Ronald McDonald's favorite restaurant offers to do the leg work for food stamps, fuel assistance or any government subsidy that the McDonald’s worker is entitled to because of their low wages, according to CNN Money on Oct. 24.
How ironic that McDonald’s has a resource line to help hook up their employees with food stamps and fuel assistance when the company doesn't seem to think their wages are too low. The recent protests of fast food workers from around the nation, including McDonald’s employees, were turned down for wage increases by the various companies. The existence of a McResource for McDonald’s workers seems to verify that even the folks who run McDonald’s don’t believe that their employees can survive on the amount of money they are paid.
Reports indicate that more than half the fast food workers in this nation have to rely on public assistance because of their low wages just don't stretch to cover living expenses. The report goes on to say that $7 billion dollars in tax money is spent for those folks on food stamps. A separate report puts McDonald’s workers receiving $1.3 billion of that $7 million.
It seems that a budget planning guide that McDonald’s sent out to their employees earlier this year left out budgeting money for food and gas, which is a major part of anyone’s paycheck. This budget plan came under fire for not only leaving off the food and gas in a budget, but for also insinuating the workers would need income from a second job. This seemed to indicate that McDonald’s knows folks working at their fast food restaurants can’t make ends meet with their wages from McDonald’s.
McDonald’s is under fire today because they are apparently willing to help their employees with their low wage problems by pointing out the government resources that they are eligible for instead of just raising their wages. What do you think?