Proposal to replace SNAP with food delivery program causes concern

Possible changes coming to SNAP

The proposal also says that all of the products will be grown or sources in the USA and would represent a portion of that household's food stamps allotment.

Who would put together these boxes of food?

Trump officials told reporters on Monday that the reforms would affect approximately 16 million Americans who now participate in SNAP, or 81 percent of households in the program.

He added: 'It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers'.

"You actually receive the food instead of receive the cash", Mulvaney said.

President Donald Trump has a new idea for food stamp reform.

According to a summary of the proposal compiled by the Agriculture Department, the objective of the program is to cut costs and would save the federal government $129 billion over a decade.

The remainder would still be provided through the current Electronic Benefit Transfer card.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the plan was innovative and bold, highlighting that the food in the packages would be grown by American farmers.

"As we understand the proposal in the president's budget to create a USDA commodity foods box of staples, each of these achievements would be lost", said Hatcher.

The Trump administration added that the federal government could pass the responsibility for making the program work to the states, effectively passing the cost and a logistical nightmare to statehouses, who would essentially have to figure out how to replicate what Amazon took years to establish.

Opponents to the president's plan believe canned and boxed food is not as healthy as fresh food that can be purchased with food stamps at grocery stores. "We deal with different people of different backgrounds". The administration says it would ensure people have nutritious options as well as save billions of dollars in the long run.

Critics of the proposal said distributing that much food presents a logistical nightmare.

The spending plan reaches beyond the White House's own power over the government social safety net and presumes lawmakers will overhaul long-standing entitlement programs for the poor in ways beyond what Congress so far has been willing to do.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at the 99th annual American Farm Bureau Convention in Nashville, Tenn., on January 8, 2018. This time, it's a farm bill year, meaning many budgetary decisions will be made among the House and Senate agriculture committees. If the proposal were to pass grocery stores would be short changed.

"The SNAP program is incredibly important to people in our community who are living on a very limited income and need help getting food", Day said Tuesday.

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