Trump administration wants to cut food stamps, replace with at-home food delivery

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President Trumps administration plans to create a new program, dubbed America's Harvest Box, which would replace about half the money families receive through the SNAP program.

Households that receive $90 or more in SNAP benefits would get a box of 100 percent USA -grown and produced food.

Under the proposal, which was announced Monday, low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month - just over 80% of all SNAP recipients - would get about half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package".

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.

But the irony of the proposal is that it would mostly affect the same people who supported him during the presidential election.

The Trump administration wants a new way to get food to people on public benefits, but if that were to happen the boxes could be filled with items they can't - or shouldn't - eat, an NC State researcher said. Foods which could possibly be included in the proposed food boxes include grains, canned meats, fruits and vegetables, juice, peanut butter and other canned items.

The Trump administration is proposing a change to food stamp benefits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture already purchases a wide variety of food for several programs, including the National School Lunch Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and The Emergency Food Assistance Program.

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

He also questions WHERE the food would be send if you're homeless. These changes, along with various others, will decrease the SNAP budget by $213 billion throughout those years slashing the program by 30 percent.

The adjustments in the program are expected to the save the government $129 billion over the next decade, NPR reported.

"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.

"This cost-effective approach will generate significant savings to taxpayers with no loss in food benefits to participants", the proposal said.

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