Trump Administration Wants to Eliminate Food Stamps for Home Delivered Food Boxes

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Many anti-hunger advocates and analysts are equally skeptical of the proposed "food box", which - if approved - would impact 16.4 million households.

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.

Currently, people who use SNAP benefits get money loaded onto an EBT card, which they can take to a grocery store and shop with, buying items that fall under certain guidelines. And they have always benefited not just the hungry but the farmers who feed us all.

Families that once received monthly food stamp funds would now receive an America's Harvest Box that is described by the government as being nutritious and 100% grown and produced in the U.S. The box would contain food items including shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.

So how surprising that this same freedom-loving, choice-respecting administration wants to tell those receiving nutritional assistance exactly what their families should eat - and then deliver it to them in a carton they're calling "America's Harvest Box".

Roberts said, "The proposed changes would be absolutely devastating to the approximately 118,000 food insecure people we serve here at Tri-State Food Bank".

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Institute a three-month SNAP time limit for unemployed adults who aren't disabled or raising minor children for people up to age 62, versus the current limit of age 49.

The proposal was touted by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and included in the White House fiscal budget, released Monday. The program slashes were announced after Trump provided corporate tax savings of more than $1.2 trillion annually. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it could supply these goods at about half the cost of retail, enabling it to reduce the cost of SNAP while still feeding the needy.

While I don't have a problem with eliminating some of the ridiculous things that are eligible for SNAP benefits like some energy drinks, soda or candy bars, but cutting out fresh fruits and vegetables crosses a line with me.

The Trump administration has made its stance clear on public assistance and welfare programs: If you're able-bodied and want benefits, you have to work.

The Trump administration said the move would be a cost-effective approach reducing the cost of the snap program by $129-billion over the next 10 years. They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.

"With Blue Apron, you get to pick your meals and decide when they come".

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