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Trump budget would cut fresh fruits and vegetables from food stamp program

Trump budget would cut fresh fruits and vegetables from food stamp program

He also stated that the proposal would save the government almost $130 billion over the course of 10 years.

The Trump administration has a proposal to replace some of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program's (SNAP) cash benefits with boxes of physical food.

"USDA America's Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families - and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers", Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in the proposal.

Instead of SNAP recipients getting all of the benefits in monetary form, they would get a box of food including a variety of items, like juice, pasta, peanut butter, and canned fruits and vegetables, CNN Money reports.

The food stamp program costs about $1.37 per meal. The proposal puts the United States government directly in charge of what kind of food ends up on the dinner tables of SNAP recipients, and it's causing some controversy.

Currently, SNAP gives 42 million Americans a food voucher averaging $125 per person that can be redeemed for nearly any food product in a grocery store. Critics also warn that the one-size fits-all government food box won't be able to accommodate those with special dietary needs.

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"Anytime when there is a change to the snap program, at least initially, until people find out what their new normal is going to look like, we will see a surge in our food pantry", McCullen said.

The White House says it will save billions, but here in the Lehigh Valley some social service providers are concerned.

"I don't know where this came from, but I suspect that the folks when they were drawing it up were also watching silent movies", Concannon said. Under Trump's proposal, families or individuals who get more than $90 a month would get a food box.

"At the same time, it would create a massive new government bureaucracy to create what the Trump administration has said is some sort of "Blue Apron" program for low-income people", noted Berg. The administration wants states to focus on long-term employment for SNAP participants to get them off of the benefit.

The "Trump Box" could make a great deal of difference in the lives of many low-income Americans while reducing the costs associated with a massive social program.


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