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Trump wants to replace food stamps with 'food delivery' service

Trump wants to replace food stamps with 'food delivery' service

Is this the best way to balance our budget?

At the LA mission-they make 700 boxes of food a week for needy families.

The Trump administration says this and other changes will reduce the SNAP budget by about $213B over the next ten years. He says the package would consist of powdered milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter and canned foods.

"It helps to alleviate food insecurity for millions of people who are living in the United States".

"I think when we're talking about proposals and changes to benefits and things like that, it's just important that we really focus on the people it affects", added Lemmon.

The Trump administration is looking to slash the use of food stamps with a proposed food delivery program called "America's Harvest Box".

"The thought of that number going up from our current 1300 households a month, anything upwards of that, yeah, how are we going to source that?" said McCullen.




"It's a risky scheme that threatens families' ability to put food on the table", said Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The SNAP program is largely successful the way it is, and claims of fraud are way overblown.

To make sure those who truly need food stamps are receiving the benefits, the Trump administration wants to close loopholes in order to strengthen the expectation that able-bodied adults can and will work. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, will no longer be in monetary form and instead recipients will receive "USDA Foods package", as it was coined in Trump's budget.

The president met with cabinets officials, governors, and mayors to discuss his new $1.5-trillion proposal to boost infrastructure projects all across America.

How exactly recipients would receive these boxes was not specified in the news release other than to say that states "will be given substantial flexibility to distribute these food benefits to participants".

Now the food bank sends out about 2,000 boxes a month for seniors in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties.

Boxed or canned food is typically packed with sodium and sugar, two additives that the USDA and nutritionists have repeatedly said that Americans need to cut back on.


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