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Pres. Trump proposes cuts to food stamps, add packaged food delivery

Read The White House’s Plans for SNAP Food Stamp Program

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has compared "America's Harvest Box" to Blue Apron, a meal-kit service that delivers fresh produce and meat to customers' doorsteps.

"I think it would end up creating food waste". "It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participants now receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers".

People who receive at least $90 a month in benefits would get about half their food in the form of a "USDA Foods package". Currently, SNAP beneficiaries can buy what they want with all of their monthly benefits as long as it falls under the guidelines.

President Donald Trump used his budget Monday to propose sending boxes of groceries - milk, vegetables, cereal, pasta - to food stamp recipients.

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.

She said the proposal, if enacted, "would be devastating for the one-in-eight Americans who use SNAP to put food on the table every day".

"It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale", Mulvaney said.

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The budget says that the USDA Foods package will ensure that all food is sourced in the U.S. and sets a standard nutritional value for recipients. "So we're pretty excited about that".

The United State Department of Agriculture believes this would save $214 billion over 10 years while providing healthy food for low-income Americans, Bloomberg reported.

The administration's 2019 budget proposal is only a request, and Congress ultimately has to approve of government spending.

An "anti-hunger" group, the Food Research and Action Center, blasted the harvest box as "a Rube-Goldberg designed system" that would be "costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure".

The food bank distributed more than 48 million pounds of food to more than 450,000 people past year. "You would cut back on some of the food that people are getting and they wouldn't have the choices that they have now", Brislain said.

"How are those cities going to deliver food to rural America?" The packages would not contain fresh fruits or vegetables, NPR said.

It also isn't clear whether the boxes will come with directions on how to cook the foods inside. "SNAP is one of the most efficient federal social safety net programs, because retailers are the linchpin of a successful public-private partnership".

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