Colorado SNAP recipients fear Trump budget proposal

14 February, 2018, 18:36 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the food delivery box idea internally and Office and Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a briefing Monday that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue "wanted to give it a chance".

For about 90 percent of SNAP recipients, or about 34 million people nationally, the budget proposes replacing 40 percent of their benefits with a monthly food box of nonperishable foods.

According to a summary of the proposal compiled by the Agriculture Department and obtained by CNBC, the boxes would replace about half of the current program's cash benefits.

The budget says that the USDA Foods package will ensure that all food is sourced in the United States and sets a standard nutritional value for recipients. Instead, according to NPR, the packages would consist of "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables". Trump should trust Americans to buy the food that's right for their families - and not implement programs that may wind up costing taxpayers more than they're worth. "The SNAP, or food stamp program, is a bedrock of existence for a lot of very poor people". "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday.

The Trump administration believes the unique plan could save the federal government up to $129 billion over the next 10 years.

The administration says the move is a "cost-effective approach" with "no loss in food benefits to participants". "It would require the government to select and purchase nonperishable food items, pack food boxes for millions of American homes, and then somehow deliver those food boxes across the country", Burhop said.

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Reaction was muted on Capitol Hill, where both congressional agriculture committees are working on reauthorizations of the food stamp program as part of a farm law that expires September 30.

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".

He also questions WHERE the food would be send if you're homeless. Instead of a debit card style system the President wants to deliver food boxes to recipients similar to commercial services like blue apron.

Dollar Tree, which also owns Family Dollar, declined to comment on the proposal.

The Trump administration pointed out one very important point: the USDA already distributes food commodities to schools, food banks and other organizations who then hand the food out to low-income families in need.

Smaller convenience stores in the Wilmington area, who wished to remain anonymous, said the change would reduce their sales, but to a lesser degree than food stores.

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