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Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

White House plan would change food SNAP benefits for low-income people

White House plan would change food SNAP benefits for low-income people

As part of President Trump's budget proposal, his administration is proposing a plan to scale back food stamps and replace them with a food-box delivery program like Blue Apron.

White House Office of Management & Budget head Mick Mulvaney called the proposal a "Blue Apron-type program", referencing the boxed-meal-kit company that lost $130 million in the second half of 2017.

Mulvaney also said that it will give people more nutritious options while saving the government money.

The box would contain items such as shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables and be valued at about half of a SNAP recipient's monthly benefit.

Though the proposal is already out of date as Congress struck a budget deal last week that Trump signed Friday, the document is being billed as the administration's message and vision for future spending.

Danny Akright, communications manager for the Food Bank of Iowa, said proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, were expected. The proposal was created with an economic focus, with an aim of saving the country billions. Omilami asked. "And how do you address issues of people that need food but don't have a residence?"

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. It isn't clear how the boxes would be delivered or if they would include cooking directions.

Fox News was playing to the old cultural stereotype that people who are getting SNAP benefits are lazy and need to go get a job. It recommends eliminating SNAP nutrition education programs, raising the age limit for SNAP recipients no longer required to work, and capping the benefit amount for large families of six or more.

- The Trump administration wants to replace food stamps to low-income families with government-mandated harvest boxes of food. Perdue said in early December that he wanted states to have more flexibility in doling out SNAP, announcing the agency wanted to hear about programs from states that don't increase the cost of the program and will combat what he said is fraud and waste. But, he says, "the current system of just putting money on your EBT card is very affordable and efficient and flexible".

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.

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.

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