What sort of overhead is involved in setting up these distribution centers?
First off, every town of any size already has an office just to handle the "food stamp" program. I had an office next door to one of these for a few years, and it had more than enough staff to do what I suggested already. It is absurd, though, to simply give folks money for food and not restrict the purchases they make as far as frugality. It is not their money! It is society's money!
I agree that the current system doesn't do enough to wean people off of it, but I don't think it's because life is grand when you're on welfare.
The current system does NOTHING to wean folks, and in fact encourages the opposite. If there were any incentives to get off the dole, do you not think the welfare parents would be driving their kids hardest to succeed and get some kind of skillset? I think you would find the opposite to be true.
When an able-bodied man with an education adequate for employment has figured out that he can get $52,000 a year from various govt programs, and so has been doing this while raising 2 kids who he now gets to stay home with--- we have a problem. Turn him in, you say? Well, he isn't breaking any laws, rules, etc. He is completely within the boundaries of the system.
IMO, our roadsides should have NO litter. Our municipalities should have no need to pay both welfare recipients AND laborers. You get a check, we will find something for you to do.
The system as we see it now has very, very few of the people like you describe in it for very long. It has far, far to many of 3d and 4th generation welfare recipients who understand the game and play it well. That needs to stop, as it robs society both financially and through loss of potential of the families of the recipients.