Trump Budget Aims to Cut SNAP Benefits

Trump Budget Aims to Cut SNAP Benefits

The 2019 budget proposal described the box as containing nonperishable items, including "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables". "There is no reason to move away from the way SNAP now works, which allows families to shop at their local grocery store and make their own food choices".

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Monday unveiled details of the program, called America's Harvest Box, saying it's one of the most "innovative" proposals in the president's budget.

In the 2019 budget and in interviews with reporters, Trump officials say they want to cut those cash benefits in half and replace them with nonperishable food. More than 16 million households would see half of their SNAP benefits go to this food delivery service.

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

The plan to overhaul SNAP would save a projected $214 billion over a decade, according to the administration. The Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP), often colloquially referred to as food stamps, provide a monthly supplement for purchasing healthy food to eligible, low-income families.

But the administration's SNAP proposal was particularly striking, advocates and experts said, because it advocates a fundamental change to the program's administration.

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It would be called "America's Harvest Box", and it would include a slew of food products grown and produced in the United States to to people enrolled in the program.

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. Sonny Perdue said in a release.

"It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale, whereas they have to buy it at retail". According to CNN, the change would affect about 38 million people. "Limiting them by providing them a staple box would limit the choices of food they can prepare for their families". "SNAP is one of the most efficient federal social safety net programs, because retailers are the linchpin of a successful public-private partnership".

But the Trump administration's proposal to distribute SNAP benefits in the form of actual canned goods is far bolder than past proposals that simply called for people to be unable to use benefits for certain items, such as sugary drinks. Opponents of the cuts also point out that the physical delivery of the food would pose a challenge for the government.

Congress largely ignored Trump's proposed budget for SNAP a year ago, when he wanted to cut the funding by a quarter.

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