Trump plans on replacing portion of food stamps with food

USDA Eyeing Changes To Federal Food Benefit Program That Would Give States More Control | Harvest Public Media

Possible changes coming to SNAP

"You actually receive the food instead of receive the cash".

Families who get $90 or more per month in SNAP benefits will receive a portion of their benefits in a food package, which would include shelf-stable milk, cereals, pastas, peanut butter, canned fruits, vegetables and meats.

The remainder of their benefits will be available on their debit card.

The box of food is being called "America's Harvest Box" by the Agriculture Department, the Washington Post reported.

According to the budget, the package will feature "100 percent USA grown and produced food", with non-perishable items like peanut butter, canned fruits and cereal.

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

"And we're concerned about how that budget might threaten or weaken a really important program that helps provide food for families, kids and seniors", said Atlanta Community Food Bank president Kyle Waide.

Meyer also says that he thinks this might be a way for "food businesses that have excess food that they're unable to get it off their warehouse shelves". "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday. 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.

President Donald Trump's budget proposal calls for funding cuts that have the Iowa agencies responsible for feeding the hungry feeling concerned. The food-stamp program served 42.2 million people during the 2017 fiscal year, with many spending the benefits at supermarkets. The food would be ordered by the government and delivered directly to participating consumers.

"It feels like I'm rationing on a regular basis", Denver SNAP recipient Andrea Fuller told FOX31.

Representative Barbara Lee, who said she raised her children on food stamps, slammed the idea as "offensive". Dietary restrictions? The fact a hefty box of fresh produce might spoil more quickly than eaten, throwing food and this whole plan in the trash?

Executive Director Joe Arthur says he wasn't expecting an immediate impact from that conversation, but the recent proposal of a 20 percent cut in benefits is disappointing.

"The food stamps give you an opportunity to go and choose what your kids like, what they want".

In its place, they included a proposal to distribute once-a-month "harvest boxes", filled with pre-packaged canned and dry goods to families.

Trump's administration believes states can provide the food packages cheaper than what SNAP clients pay for food at stores, saving more than $120 billion over the next decade.

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