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Donald Trump Plans To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes

Donald Trump Plans To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes”

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney called the suggestion similar to the Blue Apron business, which sends prepared food and recipes to people's doorsteps, adding that the government would be able to save billions of dollars on the America's Harvest Box initiative.

The president's plan would replace about half of every household's SNAP benefits with a home delivered food box.

Many anti-hunger advocates and analysts are equally skeptical of the proposed "food box", which - if approved - would impact 16.4 million households.

The plan goes along with a $213 billion cut over a decade to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides food stamps and electronic transfers that can be exchanged for food items.

It's a completely false and dishonest correlation, to compare a box of what would consist of "shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables", according to the USDA, to the fresh, organic ingredients offered by Blue Apron.

Under the government's current program, food stamp recipients use a payment card, similar to a debit card, to buy food, and the USDA has strict rules about what can be bought with the benefits.

In contrast to the government's allocated box of food, Blue Apron and other programs like it contain fresh produce and meals that people choose from a list of options. "The dramatic reductions came as part of a budget proposal that made sweeping, across-the-board cuts to popular safety net programs, including federal housing subsidies and Medicaid".

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Replacing food stamps: This had many of you talking today. It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale, whereas they have to buy it at retail.

Attempting to trumpet in the administration's program, Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, called the new proposal a "bold, innovative approach", while announcing that food from the program would be produced in the United States.

Mitch Gruber, Chief Programs Manager at Foodlink says logistics alone, the plan would be hard to accomplish.

"It's a risky scheme that threatens families' ability to put food on the table", said Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. However, Trump will ultimately be the person who takes away their food and health care benefits.

This wouldn't be the first time the Trump administration tried to make huge changes to the SNAP program.

The White House is proposing to replace some food stamp dollars recipients now receive with boxes filled with food staples. They say food stamp regulations unfairly target the poor. Congressman Steve Cohen said the proposed changes to the SNAP program are both impractical and cruel.



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