Trump Administration Proposes To Replace Some Food Stamps With Food Boxes

Possible changes coming to SNAP

"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. In addition to a steep 25 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, Trump would fundamentally alter how the program works.

The remainder of their benefits will be available on their debit card. But consumer watchdogs question whether such a program would actually save money and have further doubts about the government picking out food for millions of Americans.

According to the USDA, the items in the box will include items like long-life milk, juice, grains, cereal, pasta, beans, peanut butter, canned fruit and vegetables, and canned meat or fish.

For about 90 percent of SNAP recipients, or about 34 million people nationally, the budget proposes replacing 40 percent of their benefits with a monthly food box of nonperishable foods.

"It lowers the cost to us because we can buy [at wholesale prices] whereas they have to buy it at retail".

Meyer also says that he thinks this might be a way for "food businesses that have excess food that they're unable to sell.to get it off their warehouse shelves". "So we're pretty excited about that". We don't need to make any rash decisions and say we're just going to cut this program by $213 billion over a 10 year period of time.

But what the Trump administration is proposing is to take away a majority of that choice, by sending half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package" and half as money.

Yes, I'll Speak To Virgil van Dijk Ahead of Southampton Return
It will not be a normal game, how can it be? How can it be? Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? "It's how football fans are". That is the only thing we have to plan around but that is because he had an injury, like we do with Adam Lallana.

Iowa vs Ohio State basketball
The Breslin Center will be rocking and an emotional Tom Izzo, honoring Jud Heathcote, will help spark his team to a big win. Bates-Diop was way too much for Iowa last time out and there's not much of a reason why that trend won't continue tonight.

Kim Jong-un invites South's Moon to Pyongyang
North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam also partook in the luncheon with Moon, CBS News' Jacqueline Alemany reports. Mr Moon said the Koreas should "make it happen" and encouraged the north to return to negotiations with the US.

The reality of the Harvest Box is dystopian delivery compared to a meal kit, which has become a marker of middle-class luxury. These boxes would be filled with products using portions of what an individual would usually get via food stamps. The boxes would not include fresh fruits or vegetables.

The Trump Administration estimates that the government could deliver the food commodities to recipients' doorsteps similar to Amazon at half the present cost of using food retailers.

Workers at the Weinberg food bank find the proposal impractical.

Nevertheless, Akright said he worries that cuts to food stamps will negate the food bank's expansion.

"So many kids rely on food stamps or SNAP and I can't see changing the program that feeds so many kids without knowing what the impact would be".

For instance, this could end up costing stores like Walmart, which apparently gets 20% of food stamp sales now, billions in revenue.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top American luger Emily Sweeney in horror crash at Winter Olympics
Feb 14, 2018 - 17:36
According to the Associated Press , track workers tweaked the curve in the past year to make it a little more manageable. Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour , trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Colts make Reich head coach
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:24
Oh, and just so there's no confusion this time around, the Colts actually tweeted out a picture of Reich signing his contract. He rose quickly through the ranks and helped mastermind the Eagles' Super Bowl victory last week over New England.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Stocks Add To Losses On Worries About Interest Rates
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:22
Furthermore, in Europe five-year German bund yields moved into positive territory for the first time since November 2015. Benchmark 10-year notes last fell 2/32 in price to yield 2.8403 percent, from 2.832 percent late on Wednesday.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Liverpool cruise to win at Southampton to return to third place
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:19
Van Dijk actually missed the win over City and made his league debut against Swansea, but things didn't go according to plan.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Soccer Vice President Carlos Cordeiro Elected to Top Spot
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:17
Obviously, Cordeiro's decision in hiring the GM won't work unless he has people around him who are able to share good logic. Many assumed and were proven correct that if Carter hadn't won after the first ballot, it would be hard for her to win.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cuban Yoel Romero knocks out American Luke Rockhold in Perth UFC
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:17
The fireworks came just before that bout though, when two more unknown heavyweights in Tai Tuivasa and Cyril Asker battled it out. The fight was highly entertaining and featured both competitors come close to finishing the bout on multiple occasions.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ireland Seal Six Nations Bonus Point By Half
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:16
On came Jordan Larmour for his senior debut, as Schmidt emptied the bench. An update is expected on Sunday after Henshaw has a scan on the injury.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sattar hits back at Bahadurabad faction, 'dissolves' MQM-P Rabita Committee
Feb 12, 2018 - 01:16
He had time for NGOs but not for the party", he said pointing towards delaying in renewal of party registration that led to its cancellation.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kim Cattrall calls SJP's message of condolence 'cruel' and 'exploiting'
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:02
The accompanying caption to the message-driven image accused Parker of "exploiting" the tragedy as a crass attempt at image rehab. Cattrall then shared a link to an article by the New York Post which looks at the history of the tensions between the two women.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Omarosa says she was 'haunted by tweets'
Feb 11, 2018 - 05:01
She added that the one thing she learned in politics is that you always have to watch your back, and sometimes your front. Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman says the country is not going to be OK.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Kia Mohave showcased at Auto Expo 2018
Feb 11, 2018 - 04:59
Tata Motors is showcasing two of the 2018 Auto Expo's hottest vehicle concepts - the 45X premium hatchback and the H5X 5 seat SUV. At the event, Honda Cars India said that it will introduce three new models in the Indian market during the next fiscal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Record-breaking photos from the far reaches of space
Feb 11, 2018 - 04:58
The new images released by NASA on Thursday were captured by New Horizons when the spacecraft was more than 6.12 billion km away. The Kuiper belt object flyby is "not almost as flashy as Pluto", Porter said , but "it's a really unique observation".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Idris Elba gets engaged to Sabrina Dhowre
Feb 11, 2018 - 04:56
He's a father to 15-year old daughter Isan with ex Kim and he has a three year old son Winston with his ex girlfriend Naiyana Garth .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Al via la XXIII edizione dei Giochi invernali di Pyeongchang
Feb 11, 2018 - 04:53
Moon Jae-in ha fatto il suo ingresso in tribuna d'onore e prima di prendere posto ha salutato con una stretta di mano, ricambiata, Kim Yo-jong.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top ISIS 'Beatles' Members Captured by Syrian Kurds
Feb 10, 2018 - 02:52
The first picture has emerged of a captured British IS fighter - part of a group nicknamed The Beatles - in detention. Syrian Kurdish fighters have bagged the last two ISIS "Beatles", The New York Times reported Thursday .