President's proposed budget cuts could deal heavy blows to Iowa food banks

President's proposed budget cuts could deal heavy blows to Iowa food banks

President's proposed budget cuts could deal heavy blows to Iowa food banks

A proposal made in President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate half the benefits that food stamp recipients receive, implementing in place of those funds a program that would instead deliver food in pre-packaged boxes to the nation's poor.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney compared the idea to Blue Apron, the meal-kit delivery service that sends subscribers gourmet recipes and ingredients.

"USDA America's Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families - and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers", Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.

The changes would include replacing about half of the money people receive per month with boxes of food staples - "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, and canned fruit and vegetables".

Reaction is pouring in to a proposal in President Trump's budget plan.

Combined with other proposed changes to the program, the changes would shrink SNAP's budget by $213 billion over the same amount of time, a 30 percent reduction.

A proposal by the Trump administration that would save billions of dollars by fundamentally transforming the government's food stamp program into a "food box" program is generating hysterical reactions from the Left.

This comes after the USDA claims EBT card holders abuse their food stamps and purchase items in retail grocery stores other than food.

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Knott also said that the program is created to help vulnerable populations like veterans returning from combat or seasonal workers who would lose benefits if they aren't working for several months.

But a midstate food bank says the proposals would likely make the program previously known as food stamps more expensive and less efficient.

Bruce Day, executive director of Helena Food Share, said more than 40 percent of people who use the food bank in Helena also receive SNAP benefits. Instead, the program would be converted to a system in which the government provided either a block grant or a per-person cap, while freeing states from federal rules for medical benefits and eligibility.

$16 million low income households benefit from the SNAP program.

States would have flexibility in how they choose to distribute the food to SNAP recipients.

The White House says the proposal would offer people more nutritious options while saving the government money.

It would be called "America's Harvest Box", and it would include a slew of food products grown and produced in the U.S. to to people enrolled in the program. In 2017, the USDA noted that the rate of trafficked SNAP benefits is just 1.3%.

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