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Food stamps proposal would partially replace EBT credit with boxes of food

Food stamps proposal would partially replace EBT credit with boxes of food

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration's 2019 fiscal year budget proposal to change the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program as a "Blue Apron-type" service, generating a hefty heap of criticism online.

Sonny Perdue, the agriculture secretary, called the new proposal a "bold, innovative approach", noting that the food placed in the box would be grown by American farmers and producers. The cut comes at a time when public housing faces a $40 billion backlog of capital needs, said Diane Yentel, president and chief executive of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

The proposed budget, released Monday, would gut SNAP benefits by $17.2 billion in 2019, about 22 percent of the program's total cost previous year.

Mulvaney's remarks drew raised eyebrows from some critics, who accuse the Trump administration official of drawing an unfair comparison between the food stamp program, which delivers an average of $1.37 per meal to America's poorest, and a high-end meal kit that runs $10 per serving.

The food bank distributed more than 48 million pounds of food to more than 450,000 people past year.

If the harvest box program is feasible and would in fact save money, it would benefit every American to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse.

"It would impact our store in particular...sales-wise, especially on those food stamp days", said Dorsch.

"The a classic example is that we don't want to pre box a share of food and give it to folks who have peanut allergies and assume they want peanut butter".

That savings requires a almost 30 percent budget cut to the SNAP program.

- The Trump administration wants to replace food stamps to low-income families with government-mandated harvest boxes of food. It recommends eliminating SNAP nutrition education programs, raising the age limit for SNAP recipients no longer required to work, and capping the benefit amount for large families of six or more.

Fox News was playing to the old cultural stereotype that people who are getting SNAP benefits are lazy and need to go get a job.

Others, like the owner of Green Apple Market, say they accept government money for their goods, and fear a program change could be a big hit on his business. "We know SNAP works now, when people can choose what they need".

But Trump's proposal would require people who receive at least $90 a month from the program to get about half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA food package", rather than by purchasing the food themselves, NPR reported. "In addition, we must also fight against the other proposed eligibility and benefit cuts to SNAP that are just as radical and likely to gain traction in Congress".

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