Trump Administration Proposes To Replace Some Food Stamps With Food Boxes

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The administration says the proposal would reduce the overall cost of the program by about $213 billion in those ten years.

Instead of a debit card style system the President wants to deliver food boxes to recipients similar to commercial services like blue apron.

The proposal, led by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, is being compared to start-up meal delivery company Blue Apron, with low-income families receiving a product dubbed "America's Harvest Box" by the Department of Agriculture every month, according to a report from Fortune.

Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the proposed cuts to SNAP account for almost 30 percent of the program.

In a statement provided to The Hill, Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueThe Hill's 12:30 Report Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue is "designated survivor" for Trump's State of the Union Live coverage: Trump delivers his first State of the Union MORE defended the "bold, innovative approach" to feeding the nation's hungry.

According to the USDA the amount of food received by each recipient would be scaled to the size of the household and would contain United States grown and produced food, like shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, as well as canned fruits and vegetables.

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Another part of the proposed budget would be to cut the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. So instead of giving families food stamps, Trump and his administration will seek to give food boxes. The people affected are households that receive at least $90 a month in assistance, or 81 percent of all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The money can be used for a wide variety of foods at most grocery stores.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the program would be created to get SNAP recipients healthy food in a cost efficient manner.

At the LA mission-they make 700 boxes of food a week for needy families.

Wilson tells us the proposed cuts would also eliminate the choice many families have when it comes to the food they eat.

She says the Double SNAP program offers SNAP recipients a two for one incentive when they buy from local farmer's markets. They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.

In the proposal, the Trump administration said they plan to share relevant data with states while also holding them accountable.

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