Food stamps proposal would partially replace EBT credit with boxes of food

SNAP program would be replaced with meal kits according to Trump proposal

The White House said the plan would save the USA almost $130 billion over 10 years, and reduce the potential for EBT fraud.

The Trump administration describes the program in its 2019 budget as a "bold new approach to nutrition assistance" that combines existing SNAP benefits with "100-percent American grown foods provided directly to households", but the budget does not explain how the food will be delivered or other key details. "They think a bureaucrat in better at picking out what your family needs than you are?"

Multiple hunger advocacy groups are speaking out against the plan, claiming it would limit food choices and would take personal responsibility away from SNAP recipients.

The Food Marketing Institute - which represents major grocery chains including Walmart and Kroger - joined the firing squad, saying that government-packed food boxes would be expensive and unravel an efficient program that had been refined over decades.

Here's how it would work: Instead of receiving cash from the government on an EBT card to buy what you'd like while shopping at any approved retailer, the government will use half of that money to decide what foods come to your door in a box. The emphasis would be on shelf-stable items, such as canned fruits and meats, cereal, and peanut butter, according to Politico. "That helps millions of people every year get the nutrition they need".

As proposed, the program would spend $17 billion less on food stamps in 2019, according to Time magazine. One said he was still reading over the proposal before commenting.

The spending plan reaches beyond the White House's own power over the government social safety net and presumes lawmakers will overhaul long-standing entitlement programs for the poor in ways beyond what Congress so far has been willing to do. The change affects more than 80 percent of recipients, who receive more than $90 a month in SNAP benefits. Under the administration's proposal, states would no longer be able to do so.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at the 99th annual American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on January 8, 2018.

"We shared with Secretary Perdue that even a ten percent cut-which was threatened in the last Farm Bill in 2014-would cause demand to nearly double for our food bank", Arthur said.

Trump's budget proposal calls for additional cuts of more than $213.5 billion over the next decade to SNAP, a reduction of almost 30 percent, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Less than two months ago, the GOP passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut in which billionaires get the vast majority of benefits, while the majority of middle class get something like $18/week. Almost two-thirds were under 18, over 60 or disabled, according to the USDA.



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