Walmart announced it will now sell ten different prepared meals. The plan has started in 250 stores and will expand to 2,000 by the end of 2018. The packaged meals cost between $8 and $10. Walmart also plans to offer meal kits for around $15.
Walmart's senior vice president, Tyler Lehr, said about the move:
More than 80 percent of Americans don’t know what the will have for dinner tonight. [That] puts pressure on a family.
There is speculation the the ready meal could take a bite out of sales at restaurants and fast food establishments if shoppers grab a quick meal at Walmart instead of eating out. According to Forbes, in 2014 Walmart employees collected "$6.2 billion in public assistance including food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing." Since most restaurants don't accept EBT cards, or "food stamps," it would make it easier for busy employees to pick up a prepared meal at Walmart before heading home.
Not everyone was trusting Walmart's motives:
Call Me The Perpetual Skeptic, But:— SPOILED BRAT (@babygirl_dd) March 5, 2018
this isn't Walmarts attempt to make life easier for 'busy working people', but rather a way to jockey into 'Blue Apron's box meals', for which
DJT wants to substitute for ALL Federal Food Stamps Recipients.https://t.co/2NrWdRAR4g
My guess Walmart’s prepared meals = preparation for the government contract they hope to get based on the (despicable) plan to replace EBT— SpeakUp StandUp (@WeirMB) March 5, 2018
I wonder if Walmart will be the no-bid/low bid contract to distribute "Blue Apron" meals in Trump's new idea to get rid of EBT Food Stamp cards for cardboard boxed meals for the poor. Trump's too stupid to think of it & Walmart is too smart to lose their biggest customer base.— Jewel Juno (@JewelJuno) February 15, 2018
Bingo. I said this earlier today.— Katherine (@ItZmeKatherine) February 15, 2018
Can you imagine the problems if they go forward with this program first of all and then distribute that way. Can you smell the corruption.
Others weren't into the idea of buying prepared meals from Walmart:
Consumers don't seem convinced that Walmart is a threat to restaurants:
For them to threaten restaurant chains people have to actually want to eat these meals.— derek schwartz (@derek_mafs) March 5, 2018
Lol. Nobody is going to see this and think, "I could really go for some WalMart right now".— Star Stuff (@Statistar30) March 6, 2018