Food stamp recipients could see fresh food replaced with boxes

Food stamp recipients could see fresh food replaced with boxes

Milk Mulvaney who now serves as the White House Budget director said that the program will be similar to the meal-kit delivery service which has for years proven to be very dominant.

"USDA America's Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families - and all of it home-grown by American farmers and producers", Perdue said.

Something tells us the ingredients - which would consist of "shelf-stable" items like juice, pasta, canned meat, and beans - would be a bit less fancy than "Salmon and Dukkah-Spiced Vegetables with Orange and Endive". In addition to a steep 25 percent cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, Trump would fundamentally alter how the program works.

"There could be (some concern) if what they're getting in a food box is mostly dry, but it could also open up whatever SNAP they're receiving to be used on fresh produce", said Bell. Congress didn't pass Trump's proposed budget for SNAP a year ago, when he wanted to cut the funding by a quarter.

The foods package idea is apparently based on an existing program that uses local government agencies and nonprofits to distribute boxes of food to roughly half a million households each month.

This comes after the USDA claims EBT card holders abuse their food stamps and purchase items in retail grocery stores other than food.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the program would be created to get SNAP recipients healthy food in a cost efficient manner. Under Trump's proposal, families or individuals who get more than $90 a month would get a food box.

Under the proposal, participants in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy, according to NPR.

At the LA mission-they make 700 boxes of food a week for needy families.

"When we talk about reducing those other expenses and when we talk about reducing those other benefits, I think it could harm some things", said Lemmon. There's an ongoing debate about what SNAP recipients should and should not be allowed to buy. "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".