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Trump Wants To Get Rid Of Food Stamps Now…

Trump Wants To Get Rid Of Food Stamps Now…

White House Office of Management & Budget head Mick Mulvaney called the proposal a "Blue Apron-type program", referencing the boxed-meal-kit company that lost $130 million in the second half of 2017.

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

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is now created to allow recipients to choose what they spend their benefits on when they shop at an approved retailer.

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

The government's food box contains made-in-the-U.S.A. products, but the feds haven't spelled out whether it would be shipped, whether boxes would be tailored to different recipients, and how it would organize the supply chain.

The proposed change would affect more than 80 percent of people enrolled in SNAP. "As the private partners with the government ensuring efficient redemption of SNAP benefits, retailers are looking to the administration to reduce red tape and regulations, not increase them with proposals such as this one".

Gruber also says they send educators into community to help empower people with the tools to shop healthy on a budget, something this plan would counteract. "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday.

Explained Hatcher: "FMI and our members have worked with the House and Senate Agriculture Committees and the USDA over several decades to achieve a national system, utilizing existing commercial infrastructure and technology to achieve the greatest efficiency, availability and lowest cost".

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.

Facing a trillion-dollar deficit because of his just-passed tax cuts, President Donald Trump has an idea for how to get some of that money back: making poor people eat beans and rice.

Brooklyn residents receive free food as part of a Bowery Mission outreach program on December 5, 2013.

What isn't clear is how the food would be distributed to millions of SNAP recipients who live all over the country, including dense urban areas and sparsely populated rural regions. "I don't know where this came from, but I suspect that the folks when they were drawing it up were also watching silent movies".

Others, like the owner of Green Apple Market, say they accept government money for their goods, and fear a program change could be a big hit on his business.


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