Food stamp recipients could see fresh food replaced with boxes

Food stamp recipients could see fresh food replaced with boxes

The Trump Administration is proposing to slash the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and replace it with America's Harvest Box, a pre-packaged container of food delivered directly to recipients' front doors, controlling what 16 million low-income households eat.

New reports via Politico reveal that Donald Trump is proposing a new plan that will see low-income families receiving food boxes rather than food stamps.

Also, families would get food instead of dollars, which budget director Mick Mulvaney compared to a "Blue Apron-type program".

"USDA America's Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families - and all of it home-grown by American farmers and producers", Perdue said.

The White House said the plan would save the US almost $130 billion over 10 years, and reduce the potential for EBT fraud.

Mulvaney told reporters that the program would serve "nutritious" food and save the United States an estimated $129 billion over ten years.

The president of Feeding America Matt Knott said food stamps are created to be the first line of defense against hunger and that the infrastructure of food banks and other charities wouldn't be able to make up for the cuts.

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Gruber says nothing about this proposal is efficient although that is what it claims the cuts will achieve.

The government's proposed program would apply to households that receive more than $90 in food stamp benefits. Forty-four percent of all SNAP recipients are children.

"The a classic example is that we don't want to pre box a share of food and give it to folks who have peanut allergies and assume they want peanut butter". According to Fox Business, the plan would provide almost 80 percent of active food stamp recipients [VIDEO] with boxes of food grown by American farmers instead of standard #SNAP aid.

The other half of the SNAP benefits would still be provided via the EBT card. The administration wants states to focus on long-term employment for SNAP participants to get them off of the benefit. "We deal with different people of different backgrounds".

A spokesman for Congressman Dent says major changes to the SNAP program are best made in the context and during deliberation of the Farm Bill. "What they're really trying to say is, 'We're going to make it really hard and increase stigma for families and individuals.' They are really trying to make it an unattractive program for people to participate in".

Indeed, issues such as allergies, bowel difficulties, and even simple preferences would invariably make the program a hard sell to food stamp recipients, much less to state governments that would have to implement such an initiative.

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