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Trump administration proposing to replace food stamps with food boxes

Trump administration proposing to replace food stamps with food boxes

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.

The proposal would affect 38 million people.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney described the program, which would hand out food boxes to recipients who get a $90 or greater food benefit per month, invoking the popular mail-order meal business.

The food box would contain shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, and canned foods.

It's sure to be a sure money saver for the government as the box of food would be valued at about half the price of monthly food stamp benefits. Over the next 10 years it says the government would spend $129 billion less on the program, citing both the savings on retail costs and declining participation in the program.

"[The new policy is a] Rube-Goldberg designed system of commodity distribution via food boxes..." Right now, the average recipient gets about $126 a month to spend on food.

Organizers say recipients spent $53,000 on local produce a year ago. "As the private partners with the government ensuring efficient redemption of SNAP benefits, retailers are looking to the administration to reduce red tape and regulations, not increase them with proposals such as this one".

But the so-called "America's Harvest Box" is already coming under criticism from those who say it won't live up to high-end standards and denies choices to people getting the benefit.

"Some of the foods that were available probably did need to be modified and looked over", Ward said.

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"Even the people who put this forward have to know that the chances of this happening is the same chance of me captaining the next spaceship launching from Florida", Concannon said.

The proposal has drawn swift opposition from the supermarket industry.

The program "will be administratively costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure", said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. Her organization serves more than 600 children a week.

New reports via Politico reveal that Donald Trump is proposing a new plan that will see low-income families receiving food boxes rather than food stamps. "We deal with different people of different backgrounds".

The amount of boxed food received per household would be scaled to the overall size of the household's SNAP allotment, ultimately representing about half of their benefits.

"Typically like other governess programs they don't cover all of the costs, so we'd end up having to do more fundraising to cover this government program", said Miller.

WMC reached out to several Mid-South Republicans for their input.

Blue Apron said it had no comment when asked for a response.


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