Thursday, 24 January, 2019

Trump administration proposes changes to SNAP program

OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images OMB Director Mick Mulvaney. Chip Somodevilla Getty Images
Melinda Barton | 16 February, 2018, 01:57

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".

In the biggest shakeup of the decades-old food stamp program, the Trump administration proposed on Monday to substitute part of the monthly cash payments with "100 percent American grown food" given to recipients.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney noted Tuesday that the food would be purchased at wholesale prices that would save the federal government money.

The plan was criticized due to questions about whether the boxes would contain healthy ingredients and how poor Americans without a auto would pick up the boxes.

Several local groups were quick to speak out against the proposal saying the proposal puts hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans at risk of hunger. Perdue said that the SNAP-replacement program is a "bold, innovative approach" to feeding families in need, while insisting that it "maintains the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive". "In the meantime, we will continue working with the United States Department of Agriculture to ensure the almost one million SNAP recipients in Tennessee have access to nutritional assistance through the program". A box of food delivered to a SNAP recipients front door.

"So many kids rely on food stamps or SNAP and I can't see changing the program that feeds so many kids without knowing what the impact would be".

The proposal, called "America's Harvest Box", would reportedly contain "homegrown" products, sourced from American farmers and producers.

"Holy mackerel", Kevin Concannon, who oversaw SNAP under the Obama administration, said of the proposal in an interview with Politico.

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.

Fox News' reliance on an old stereotype blew up in their faces as they ended up telling veterans, children, disabled persons, and senior citizens to get a job and buy their own food.

Some people are against the plan say it limits low-income families access to fresh produce and healthy foods. "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".