Donald Trump Plans To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes

Donald Trump Plans To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes

Donald Trump Plans To Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes

The president's latest proposal would save the federal government $213 billion over the next 10 years, according to the White House.

In a new plan buried in the the White House's 2019 budget, the Trump administration proposed an overhaul of the nation's food stamps system.

Something tells us the ingredients - which would consist of "shelf-stable" items like juice, pasta, canned meat, and beans - would be a bit less fancy than "Salmon and Dukkah-Spiced Vegetables with Orange and Endive".

In the biggest shakeup of the decades-old food stamp program, the Trump administration proposed on Monday to substitute part of the monthly cash payments with "100 percent American grown food" given to recipients.

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Mulvaney defends the approach, saying that the government can buy food wholesale at a low cost, which is more economical than having people buy it directly at retail. But under Trump's proposed budget, SNAP recipients would instead receive their benefits in the form of a box - "America's Harvest Box".

According to the USDA, the amount of food received would be scaled to the overall household's SNAP allotment and ultimately represent about half of their SNAP benefits.

"I don't know where this came from, but I suspect that the folks when they were drawing it up were also watching silent movies", Concannon said.

"Sometimes (food stamps) would be half of today's income, sometimes there are days when it gets to be more" Fadel said.

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"I hope they allow points of access for that and hope the program still will allow people to make some of those choices on their own", he said. They also fear it would be hard for families to pick up a box of food if they don't have a vehicle.

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

Opponents to the president's plan believe canned and boxed food is not as healthy as fresh food that can be purchased with food stamps at grocery stores. They would be required to pay for that box with their benefits.

She says the Double SNAP program offers SNAP recipients a two for one incentive when they buy from local farmer's markets.

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Nutrition programs, including SNAP, made up about 80 percent of the USDA's budget in the most recent farm bill.

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