Trump administration proposes changes to SNAP program

Trump administration proposes changes to SNAP program

Trump administration proposes changes to SNAP program

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has compared "America's Harvest Box" to Blue Apron, a meal-kit service that delivers fresh produce and meat to customers' doorsteps.

"You actually receive the food instead of receive the cash", Mulvaney said.

The President Donald Trump administration is proposing in its budget a change to food stamps, instead giving recipients a home-delivery program that limits their choices.

The administration wants to deliver some of those food benefits directly to households in "USDA Food packages". However, the remaining benefits would be given to the recipients on electronic benefit cards, making it a possible win-win on both sides.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the program would save $129 billion over 10 years. According to CNN, the change would affect about 38 million people.

Grocery retailers are also not in favor of the proposal, with the Food Marketing Institute stating that tens of billions of dollars in SNAP benefits are spent each year at their stores, which includes Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons.

Fox News' reliance on an old stereotype blew up in their faces as they ended up telling veterans, children, disabled persons, and senior citizens to get a job and buy their own food. "So we're pretty excited about that".

"FMI and our members have worked with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and the USDA over several decades to achieve a national system, utilizing existing commercial infrastructure and technology to achieve the greatest efficiency, availability and lowest cost", she said.

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President Trump's budget proposes massive cuts to the program that provides more than 42 million Americans with food stamps.

"The food stamps give you an opportunity to go and choose what your kids like, what they want".

Some of Blue Apron's offerings include beef medallions and scallion salsa verde, salmon and dukkah-spiced vegetables and creamy fusilli bucati pasta with fried rosemary and walnuts, according to their website.

The new box is being hailed as "America's Harvest Box", and this program would replace more than half the money now allocated to families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Tuesday was distribution day at the 6th street shelter food bank.

It also isn't clear whether the boxes will come with directions on how to cook the foods inside.

"It would impact our store in particular...sales-wise, especially on those food stamp days", said Dorsch.

The boxes would serve American farmers and food packagers because the groceries would be made in America.

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