Trump's Blue Apron-style plan to replace food stamps savaged online

Trump's Blue Apron-style plan to replace food stamps savaged online

The budget request would replace part of benefits people receive through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or 'SNAP, ' with a food delivery box program. Is this the best way to balance our budget?

"I just got off food stamps", Anthony Burke said.

Critics of Trump's SNAP proposal say the "budget seems to assume that participating in SNAP is a character flaw" and the new program would be "far more intrusive".

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

But opponents argue the plan does not take into account dietary or religious restrictions on food and that it takes away people's freedom to choose what they eat. That would affect households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamp benefits, or roughly 30 million people, according to financial reports.

"The canned foods - how are we going to cook it?"

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"When we talk about reducing those other expenses and when we talk about reducing those other benefits, I think it could harm some things", said Lemmon. Kevin Concannon, who oversaw SNAP during the Obama administration, also wasn't in favor of the measure.

The USDA claimed states could likely deliver the food boxes at a cost that's lower than what the government would have spent per recipient under the current system.

In a sweeping reform that is stunningly short on details, the White House is proposing major changes to the way that low-income Americans receive food benefits. More than 400,000 Coloradans will feel the pinch if the proposal is approved, according to nonprofit Hunger Free Colorado. The plan is said to save the government money and provide families with more nutritious options than what the food stamps now provide.

The boxes would make up for about half of people's monthly cash benefits.

The food stamp program costs about $1.37 per meal. There's an ongoing debate about what SNAP recipients should and should not be allowed to buy. "They might not even use the items in the box", Haynes-Maslow said.

Nevertheless, Akright said he worries that cuts to food stamps will negate the food bank's expansion.

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