Trump administration wants to replace food stamps with at-home food delivery

Possible changes coming to SNAP
White House proposing to change how millions of Americans eat
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14 February, 2018

The plan is said to save the government money and provide families with more nutritious options than what the food stamps now provide.

This comes as part of a new budget plan, which slashes "safety net" programs created to help the most underserved and impoverished people in America.

Currently, people who use SNAP benefits get money loaded onto an EBT card, which they can take to a grocery store and shop with, buying items that fall under certain guidelines.

In the 2019 budget and in interviews with reporters, Trump officials say they want to cut those cash benefits in half and replace them with nonperishable food. The items would include shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables.

"There's no additional resources coming to help this new program get off the ground and work", said Carrie Calvert, managing director of government relations at Feeding America, a food bank not-for-profit.

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"Holy mackerel", said Concannon, who compared it to an era when poor people had to line up and wait for food and welfare benefits to be distributed.

Institute a three-month SNAP time limit for unemployed adults who aren't disabled or raising minor children for people up to age 62, versus the current limit of age 49. "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", Perdue said in a statement. The decision would be based on nutrition standards used for other programs including the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

That's how Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration's proposal to replace almost half of poor Americans' monthly cash benefits with a box of food. No fresh fruits or vegetables would be included. Jennifer Hatcher, the FMI's chief public policy officer, said that grocers, the USDA and Congress had worked for years to "achieve a national system, utilizing existing commercial infrastructure and technology to achieve the greatest efficiency, availability and lowest cost".

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the program would save $129 billion over 10 years. "The dramatic reductions came as part of a budget proposal that made sweeping, across-the-board cuts to popular safety net programs, including federal housing subsidies and Medicaid".

Boxed or canned food is typically packed with sodium and sugar, two additives that the USDA and nutritionists have repeatedly said that Americans need to cut back on. They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.


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