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Trump Plans To Revamp SNAP - To Include No Fresh Foods

Read The White House’s Plans for SNAP Food Stamp Program Trump Plans To Revamp SNAP - To Include No Fresh Foods
Patty Aguilar | 15 February, 2018, 19:37

President Trump has released his budget plan for 2019 and includes a proposal to replace parts of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program with Blue Apron type packages. The change affects more than 80 percent of recipients, who receive more than $90 a month in SNAP benefits.

The Trump administration wants to create a program replacing half the food money families get each month- with 100% U-S- grown food and non-perishable items like peanut butter, canned foods and cereal.

Blue Apron is a premium meal ingredient kit-by-mail service that delivers pre-ordered ingredients to customers each week along with suggested recipes which are cooked by customers.

While talking to reporters on Monday, Mulvaney said that he was not interested in the theft of someone else's copyright and that the food stamp recipients in the USA would be receiving actual food instead of cash.

The plan was criticized due to questions about whether the boxes would contain healthy ingredients and how poor Americans without a vehicle would pick up the boxes.

The Trump administration calls the proposal a "cost effective approach" with "no loss in food benefits to participants".

Gruber says nothing about this proposal is efficient although that is what it claims the cuts will achieve. "The goal of all these programs; SNAP, TEFAP, WIC, and the food pantries is to build people up when they're in a vulnerable state".

The proposal would save almost $130 billion over 10 years, as well as improve the nutritional value of the program and reduce the potential for fraud, according to the administration.

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"It actually does what it says it's going to do, said Jodi Tyson, Government Affairs Director, Three Square".

The federal food stamp program, or SNAP, is run by the USDA, which says the idea for the new Harvest Boxes would save billions of dollars and support American farmers.

But Mulvaney did not explain how the program would work, other than that the USDA would advise states to deliver the food using "existing infrastructure".

That program helps feed seniors in need in our area.

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

"You would cut back on some of the food that people are getting and they wouldn't have the choices that they have now", Brislain said.

"I think there's some dignity questions".

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