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White House wants to deliver food to the poor, Blue Apron-style

14 February 2018, 06:49 | Katrina Lee

White House proposing to change how millions of Americans eat

Possible changes coming to SNAP

He compared the proposed delivery service, which the USDA is calling "America's Harvest Box", to "a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of [receiving] the cash".

As many as 17 million low-income households receive SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps.

The potential transformation is part of President Donald Trump's recently released budget. The SNAP boxes would contain peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, and canned beans and meat.

Currently, people participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receive paper coupons or debit cards that they can use at a qualifying grocery store.

The White House estimates that taxpayers would save $129 billion as a result of the changes to the food stamp program beginning in 2019.

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. "These budget proposals for SNAP are the wrong way to go to provide healthy, safe, affordable food for all".

Stricter work requirements would be enacted for households with able-bodied adults to continue to receive food stamps under the "Welfare to Work" section of Trump's proposed budget.

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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".

Kyle Waide, the CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, vehemently disagreed with that assessment. But buying food in bulk also "lowers the cost to us", said Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement: 'USDA America's Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families - and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers'.

Trump's base was mostly comprised of poor Whites.

Knott and many other anti-hunger groups, such as the Greater Chicago Food Depository, say the existing program works exactly as it should, contracting and expanding to help Americans in times of need.

The New Hanover County Department of Social Services said it is aware of the proposal and is looking to the state for guidance about what this change could mean for people locally.

Except SNAP is one of the most efficient government programs, with some of the lowest numbers for misuse.



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