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Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes

Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes

Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes

"This cost-effective approach will generate significant savings to taxpayers with no loss in food benefits to participants", the proposal said.

President Trump's 2019 budget request would prevent food-stamp recipients from using the program to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, requiring them to receive a box of processed foods instead.

Under the new proposal, households getting $90 or more a month in SNAP benefits would receive a portion of their benefits in the form of a USDA Foods package. However, the remaining benefits would be given to the recipients on electronic benefit cards, making it a possible win-win on both sides.

The food bank helps feed about 200,000 people across the Mid-South who are food insecure, which means they do not know when they'll eat again.

According to the Trump administration's 2019 budget, the boxes would contain shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, juice, canned meat poultry or fish, pasta, cereals, and canned fruits and vegetables. "It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale, whereas they have to buy it at retail". "What they're really trying to say is, 'We're going to make it really hard and increase stigma for families and individuals.' They are really trying to make it an unattractive program for people to participate in. So we're pretty excited about that".

The USDA estimates it would save $129 billion over a decade.

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But that's mentally hard when new Trump administration proposals promote food deserts and scarcity.

Blue Apron and other meal kit delivery services provide something that this Harvest Box doesn't seem to offer: choice.

#TrumpBudget cuts for hungry families on #SNAP includes NO PLAN for delivering these so-called Harvest Boxes.

According to Akright, the Food Bank of Iowa already distributes 1 million pounds of food per month.

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). Critics also warn that the one-size fits-all government food box won't be able to accommodate those with special dietary needs. Food stamps account for 7.5% of the $840 billion supermarket industry.

The budget notes that the food box plan "has the potential to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse by limiting opportunities for benefits to be misused or trafficked". The federal government proposes giving recipients less cash on their EBT card in exchange for a box of non-perishable food.

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