Food stamp changes proposed by Trump administration

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

"Even the people who put this forward have to know that the chances of this happening is the same chance of me captaining the next spaceship launching from Florida", Concannon said.

The administration wants to deliver some of those food benefits directly to households in "USDA Food packages". The remainder of their benefits would be given to them on electronic benefit cards, as before. The package was described in the budget as consisting of "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables".

Trump officials told reporters on Monday that the reforms would affect approximately 16 million Americans who now participate in SNAP, or 81 percent of households in the program.

Kevin Concannon, who oversaw SNAP during the Obama administration, was aghast when he saw the proposal. Trump should trust Americans to buy the food that's right for their families - and not implement programs that may wind up costing taxpayers more than they're worth. They also say the program will improve the nutritional value of the food stamp program and help reduce the potential for food stamp fraud. "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday.

Mulvaney told reporters that the program would serve "nutritious" food and save the United States an estimated $129 billion over ten years.

To make sure those who truly need food stamps are receiving the benefits, the Trump administration wants to close loopholes in order to strengthen the expectation that able-bodied adults can and will work. The food bank says they would feel the immediate domino effect of this cut. "States will have substantial flexibility in designing the food box delivery system through existing infrastructure, partnerships, or commercial/retail delivery services".

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Snapchat founder and chief executive Evan Spiegel said previous year that changes could annoy Snapchat users in the short term. Advertisers are also taking to an auction-based advertising system that made it cheaper and easier to buy ads on Snapchat .

The Harvest Box, at least in its initial proposal, lacks the aspects of a meal kit that make them desirable.

For example, the proposal doesn't include fresh items such as produce and meat (unlike Blue Apron which does), and it'll be up to the states to decide how box deliveries work. The federal government proposes giving recipients less cash on their EBT card in exchange for a box of non-perishable food.

"A strategy of a box of food takes us back 30 years".

The food bank distributed more than 48 million pounds of food to more than 450,000 people a year ago.

For instance, this could end up costing stores like Walmart, which apparently gets 20% of food stamp sales now, billions in revenue.

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