Trump proposes restricting choices for food stamp recipients

USDA Eyeing Changes To Federal Food Benefit Program That Would Give States More Control | Harvest Public Media

It says: "States will be given substantial flexibility to distribute these food benefits to participants".

The Trump Administration is proposing major changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in its federal budget plan.

Under the proposal, only a fraction of SNAP benefits delivered to households that now receive $90 or more per month would be delivered through the traditional retail-based Electronic Benefit Transfer card that allows recipients to buy approved foods from grocery retailers.

He ends the end result would likely be fewer benefits for those who need them most.

That would mean the USA government would have a say in what 17 million people are eating. The change would provide half of their SNAP benefits in the box that will contain shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereal and other pantry staples like pasta, peanut butter and cans of vegetables and fruit.

The proposal would affect households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamps, or roughly 38 million people.

"Holy mackerel", Kevin Concannon, who oversaw SNAP under the Obama administration, said of the proposal in an interview with Politico. "It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale, whereas they have to buy it at retail".

"The budget presents a vision in which struggling families face more and more obstacles just to get by, weakening the very programs that provide stability and opportunity in our communities", Montana Food Bank Network CEO Gayle Carlson said in a statement Tuesday. "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday.

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Banks said she's angered by the Trump administration's proposed $213 billion cut to SNAP.

But the so-called "America's Harvest Box" is already coming under criticism from those who say it won't live up to high-end standards and denies choices to people getting the benefit.

Instead of fresh fruits and vegetables, the program would prioritize canned goods.

"Restructuring SNAP to deliver food assistance through food boxes would be impractical and costly".

"That's the direction all food banks are going away, from dry package non-perishable food and towards fresh".

The supermarket industry pours $840 billion into the economy. These boxes would be filled with products using portions of what an individual would usually get via food stamps.

Actually, it's the United States' tax burden that is keeping dollars out of local grocery stores and small businesses to support bloated and wasteful government programs like SNAP.

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