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Trump Administration Wants to Eliminate Food Stamps for Home Delivered Food Boxes


The Trump administration wants to scrap food stamps for low-income Americans and replace them with boxes of non-perishable food items selected by the government, Politico reported Monday.

The motion would affect those who receive at least $90 a month in SNAP- which includes the vast majority of recipients, as half of their benefits would be received in the form of a "USDA Foods package".

Approximately 16.4 million households, or about 81 percent of households on food stamps would be impacted by this proposal.

A proposal by the Trump administration that would save billions of dollars by fundamentally transforming the government's food stamp program into a "food box" program is generating hysterical reactions from the Left. Mulvaney's proposal would replace that with "America's Harvest Box", a mailed package of "100 percent USA grown and produced food", with an emphasis on preserved items such as shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned meats and fruit and cereal, Politico reports. That document shows the SNAP program will be cut by $5.26 billion in the 2019 budget compared to the 2017 cost.

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.




This budget - including this proposal - is morally unsound. It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale, whereas they have to buy it at retail.

Stricter work requirements would be enacted for households with able-bodied adults to continue to receive food stamps under the "Welfare to Work" section of Trump's proposed budget.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, the harvest box is "a Rube-Goldberg designed system" that would replace the EBT cards that SNAP recipients use at supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers markets and elsewhere, and would be "costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure". Equally unclear is whether USDA would allot the same foods to, say, an elderly diabetic and a family with young children. The program slashes were announced after Trump provided corporate tax savings of more than $1.2 trillion annually.

Cuts to food snaps and other programs like it typically face a tough fight and could be removed by the agriculture committees, who typically take up any changes to the program in the Farm Bill that is reauthorized every five years. It also makes sure they're getting nutritious food.

"We think it would require us to grow dramatically overnight to be able to respond to that increase in demand in ways that we think is unlikely for all food banks would be able to support", he said.

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