Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes

Instead, BuzzFeed News was referred to this line from a one-page handout about the program: "States will be given substantial flexibility to distribute these food benefits to participants". Twelve percent of SNAP benefits go to households that contain a person with a disability, and 10% of recipients are senior citizens. The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released a joint statement Monday saying that the budget will not prevent them from doing their job of producing a Farm Bill that benefits farmers, consumers, and other stakeholders.

It's a completely false and dishonest correlation, to compare a box of what would consist of "shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables", according to the USDA, to the fresh, organic ingredients offered by Blue Apron.

So how surprising that this same freedom-loving, choice-respecting administration wants to tell those receiving nutritional assistance exactly what their families should eat - and then deliver it to them in a carton they're calling "America's Harvest Box".

The New Hanover County Department of Social Services said it is aware of the proposal and is looking to the state for guidance about what this change could mean for people locally.

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.

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The proposal would take away a lot of healthy fresh options for snap recipients something that greatly concerns the food bank.

As part of President Trump's budget proposal, his administration is proposing a plan to scale back food stamps and replace them with a food-box delivery program like Blue Apron. They say food stamp regulations unfairly target the poor. The budget proposal does not include any funding for distributing the boxes.

Mulvaney says the program would help lower costs by removing half of the plan's costs from third-party grocers. In his first budget proposal, Trump wanted to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from food stamps, using work requirements and other eligibility rules to restrict many from being able to use the program. "It lowers the cost to us because we can buy [at wholesale prices] whereas they have to buy it at retail".

Knott also said that the program is created to help vulnerable populations like veterans returning from combat or seasonal workers who would lose benefits if they aren't working for several months. The income-based loan repayment plans face sharp cuts, subsidized loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program would be eliminated entirely, and federal work study cut in half, with the government likely to more aggressively pursue delinquent student loan borrowers.

  • Megan Austin