Trump Administration Proposes To Replace Some Food Stamps With Food Boxes

Trump Administration Proposes To Replace Some Food Stamps With Food Boxes

"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.

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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.

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