I just looked at the usda food stamp program, and they spend 78,445.45 millions of dollars every year (fns.usda.gov).
That would buy a lot of soylent.
What if soylent were free and subsidized by the govt. I wonder if it is possible if every grocery store / shelter / charity could get soylent for free. I would imagine the diet would be significantly more healthy, and end food stamp fraud.
There would need to be a limit, of how much someone could take. That would avoid shipping it overseas in volume etc. There may be a period of stockpiling as it is first released, but if anyone could get food anytime that would tail off.
I don’t think soylent was started for profit motive. Imagine if a homeless person could at any time walk into any grocery store and walk out with soylent for free. No reason for hunger issues in this day and age.
Even if there was fraud, it would probably be an order of magnitude smaller than the current system as there would be no cash involved - only product.