Trump administration wants to replace food stamps with at-home food delivery

Read The White House’s Plans for SNAP Food Stamp Program

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the newly proposed plan would resemble a "Blue Apron-type programme".

"It's going to be a hard decision with people making a decision on my food", Burke said.

The administration is looking to cut aid to the families, called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, but will add a box of canned goods to make up the difference.

One of its cost-saving measures is dubbed "America's Harvest Box", a box of all US-grown food items that will be sent out to anyone who receives more than $90 in SNAP benefits per month, approximately 81% of SNAP recipients. The remainder of their benefits would be given to them on electronic benefit cards, as before.

The government's food box contains made-in-the-U.S.A. products, but the feds haven't spelled out whether it would be shipped, whether boxes would be tailored to different recipients, and how it would organize the supply chain. Instead, they would receive foods like "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables", the Washington Post reported. "So we're pretty excited about that".

Trump's administration believes states can provide the food packages cheaper than what SNAP clients pay for food at stores, saving more than $120 billion over the next decade. Participating households - roughly 136,000 Iowans, and 16.4 million nationally - would see food assistance cut in half in favor of a Trump administration "harvest box", which includes no fresh foods.

If Congress agrees with these cuts and program changes, food assistance will arrive with a stigma not witnessed since the depression era, with the ability to devastate local economies.

The new box is being hailed as "America's Harvest Box", and this program would replace more than half the money now allocated to families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

"It's taking away client choice and pushing the distribution cost onto state and local governments and the not-for-profit sector when they can not afford it", added Calvert. But on the other hand with food stamps driving 7.5%of sales in grocery stores like Aldi and Walmart some who are against the proposal say it could be detrimental for those in the retail industry.

Trump also is proposing work requirements for several federal programs, including housing subsidies, food stamps, and Medicaid.

Meyer, who has studied food stamp policy for 20 years, says the idea could work if it was like Peapod, the food delivery service, bringing healthy food to people.

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