A lot of the people who stand to benefit the most from Soylent are those on the lower end of the economic spectrum who survive on government provided food stamps. The laws governing what you can and can not purchase with food stamps very from state to state and are quite arbitrary, but it would be wonderful if Soylent could be purchased using food stamps.
At least in California, the rules are bizarre. The hot vs cold rule makes sense, like why buy a cooked hamburger which costs $5 when you can buy the cold meat and prepare it for much less, saving you and the government money. But you can buy many things which although are not “hot” have no nutritional value. You can go into a convenience store and purchase breath mints and a slurpee with food stamps. Or candy bars. As long as it’s not “served warm”.
I just think it would be great if Rob created the means to purchase Soylent with food stamps. Usually recipients are given an EBT card that is just like a credit/debit card, so I think it would be easy to implement.
Most supplements you can not buy with food stamps, however there are some exceptions that have to do with the way the product is labeled. For example the Target brand whey protein’s back label says “Nutritional Facts” instead of “Supplement Facts” so you can actually buy that particular container of whey protein with food stamps. Soylent could be registered in such a way.
Sorry this is kinda long winded.
Edit: Is there anyone on this forum who has the means to contact Rob or anyone else at Soylent Corp to suggest this? I feel like it’s worth bringing to their attention if they haven’t considered it already.