Food stamp changes worrying business owner

Food stamp changes worrying business owner

Food stamp changes worrying business owner

The Trump administration wants to overhaul the longstanding food stamp program, replacing it with a box of canned goods that it has likened to Blue Apron-a high-end meal kit service.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says the Harvest Box program would keep "the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive", mentions the states' flexibility and also says it's "responsible to the taxpayers".

According to the budget, the package will feature "100 percent USA grown and produced food", with non-perishable items like peanut butter, canned fruits and cereal.

Like most of the rest of Trump's budget, the changes to food stamps seem unlikely to pass any time soon.

Some food policy advocates questioned whether the Trump administration's proposal would save the government money if the government were in charge of handling distribution, and expressed concern over how much choice SNAP recipients would have in what types of food they would receive.

The USDA believes that state governments will be able to deliver this food at much less cost than SNAP recipients now pay for food at retail stores - thus reducing the overall cost of the SNAP program by $129 billion over the next 10 years. Omilami asked. "And how do you address issues of people that need food but don't have a residence?"

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

Roberts said, "The proposed changes would be absolutely devastating to the approximately 118,000 food insecure people we serve here at Tri-State Food Bank".

The box would cut the current monthly monetary SNAP component in half, leaving the remaining funds to be spent as the recipient sees fit.

According to the Food Research and Action Center, the harvest box is "a Rube-Goldberg designed system" that would replace the EBT cards that SNAP recipients use at supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers markets and elsewhere, and would be "costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure". Like when they canceled Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch program a year ago because it tried to tell people what food give their kids?

Fifteen percent of OH families are considered food insecure and receive SNAP benefits. "We know SNAP works now, when people can choose what they need". Congressman Steve Cohen said the proposed changes to the SNAP program are both impractical and cruel. A family of four eligible for SNAP must make no more than $31,980 per year, or less than 130 percent of the poverty line.

The White House says the proposal would offer people more nutritious options while saving the government money.

Indeed, issues such as allergies, bowel difficulties, and even simple preferences would invariably make the program a hard sell to food stamp recipients, much less to state governments that would have to implement such an initiative.

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