SNAP program would be replaced with meal kits, according to Trump's proposal

USDA Eyeing Changes To Federal Food Benefit Program That Would Give States More Control | Harvest Public Media

Formerly known as food stamps, SNAP offers services to millions of individuals and families like Megan Marin.

The additional amount of the families food stamp benefits would go onto their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card for them to use at grocery stores.

Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said these meal deliveries would be akin to Blue Apron, but the comparison is downright laughable when you look at what the government actually proposes.

He says SNAP is efficient because it is a "free market model" that lets recipients shop at stores for their benefits.

But under the America's Harvest Box proposal, all SNAP participating households receiving $90 a month or more in benefits will receive a delivered food kit, in lieu of a portion of their benefits. "It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers".

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the Harvest Box program would keep "the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive", mentions the states' flexibility and also says it's "responsible to the taxpayers".

The plan is part of an effort to reform SNAP and save a projected $214 billion over a decade. "The SNAP, or food stamp program, is a bedrock of existence for a lot of very poor people". And the food would not necessarily be delivered to people's homes, according to a fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees food stamps. Sonny Perdue said in a release.

The agency estimates that 16.4 million households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -about 81 percent of SNAP enrollees-would be affected by this policy.

Representative Barbara Lee, who said she raised her children on food stamps, slammed the idea as "offensive".

"They have managed to propose almost the impossible, taking over $200 billion worth of food from low-income Americans while increasing bureaucracy and reducing choices", Berg says. "Limiting them by providing them a staple box would limit the choices of food they can prepare for their families".

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The "Trump Box" could make a great deal of difference in the lives of many low-income Americans while reducing the costs associated with a massive social program.

President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for funding cuts that have the Iowa agencies responsible for feeding the hungry feeling concerned.

The food box also faces an uncertain political future as the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate agriculture committees signaled their skepticism.

Mulvaney also said the program would save the government money because they could buy the food wholesale.

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