UNITED STATES — If Donald Trump has his way, recipients can get ready to say good-bye to food stamps and hello to the Trump box delivered to their door.
It’s not a concrete decision just yet. Congress still has to make its choice to pass or fail the proposal.
However, according to KOCO 5 News, budget director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration’s plan as something similar to the “Blue Apron” food service.
Donald Trump's "infrastructure plan": make your state pay 90 percent of the bill for projects going to private contractors (who I'm sure will have zero ties to Trump and his cronies), make you pay for the wall Mexico was gonna pay for and cut granny's food stamps and Medicaid.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 12, 2018
The source states that it would affect households receiving at least $90 a month in food stamps — which is approximately 38 million people.
In a statement regarding the food box, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue mentions as follows.
“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. It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participants currently receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers.”
So essentially, instead of recipients receiving all their food stamp funds, under this proposal households would get a box of government-approved, “nutritious” foods — supposedly all grown and produced in the United States.
According to the source, the “USDA America’s Harvest Box” would contain items like “shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.”
Moreover, the box’s value would be about half of the SNAP recipient’s monthly benefit.
In addition, the remainder of their benefits would be given to them on electronic benefit cards, as normal.
Note: Mind you, poor whites are the largest benefactors of the SNAP program. Now, their president is flipping the script, just as we all predicted.
"Donald Trump's Nasty Budget"
Kentucky will be one of the states hit the hardest by #TrumpBudget
5 of the poorest counties & heavily rely on food stamps.
Trumps cutting $213 BILLION from the SNAP PROGRAM. You voted for him & now he wants you to starve to death! pic.twitter.com/4rGgs7juIv
— Mompreneur??? (@Mompreneur_of_3) February 13, 2018
So if understanding correctly — if recipients were getting $300 a month — now they’ll get a Trump box valued at $150 and $150 applied toward their cards
According to the administration, Trump’s proposal would save nearly $130 billion over 10 years and improve the “nutritional value” of the program, all while reducing the potential for benefit fraud. But, we know how the Trump administration loves to toss out those alternative facts, right?
Likewise, we all know SNAP isn’t the problem regarding this country’s deficit.
It was obvious that Republicans would eventually pivot from "$1.5 trillion tax cut? No problem" to "Eek! Deficits! Must cut Medicare and food stamps!" But even I didn't think it would take less than 2 months https://t.co/VTPYW1ATnR
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) February 13, 2018
Nevertheless, the source reports as follows.
“Consumer advocates, however, questioned whether the federal government could save that much money by purchasing and distributing food on its own. Also, they were concerned that families would not know what food they would get in advance nor have any choice regarding what they receive. Plus, it could be difficult for families to pick up the box, especially if they don’t have a car.”
All in all, we’d love to know your thoughts about this “Harvest Box.” If you have any comments about Trump’s food stamp replacement proposal, feel free to share them via our Facebook page.
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