White House proposing to change how millions of Americans eat

Trump Plan To Kill SNAP Program For Meal Kit

President Donald Trump's administration wants to replace half of SNAP recipients' monthly cash benefits with boxes of food. The program would provide roughly16 million low-income families with boxes of nonperishable items sent to their doorsteps once a month. According to the a statement from the USDA, "America's Harvest Box" would contain foods like "shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, ready-eat- cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables". The people affected are households that receive at least $90 a month in assistance, or 81 percent of all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.

The budget includes the proposal as part of a complete revamp of the SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which now provides low-income families with electronic benefits that can be used to purchase groceries at authorized retailers. The USDA's budget proposal says that the agency plans for 1.4 million fewer people to receive benefits in 2019.

Proponents of the budget say it will cut down on fraud and save the federal government money over the current SNAP program.

It would dramatically alter how food assistance for the poor is delivered in the United States.

She said the proposal, if enacted, "would be devastating for the one-in-eight Americans who use SNAP to put food on the table every day".

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"Under the guise of being "helpful", the Harvest Food Box is a sham that takes away healthy food replacing it with fewer choices, said Monica Mills, executive director of Food Policy Action. They think a bureaucrat in D.C.is better at picking out what your family needs than you are?" "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".

However, he disagreed with media coverage that claimed the SNAP program is being abused by users, which he described as "people from all walks of life".

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the FBI had followed protocol in performing background checks for a security clearance in the case of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who resigned last week amid allegations of domestic abuse by two former wives. According to CNN, the change would affect about 38 million people.

This week, charities such as the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona are fearing they will be overwhelmed if the cuts are approved by Congress. This time, it's a farm bill year, meaning many budgetary decisions will be made among the House and Senate agriculture committees. Even so, Weill says, "Whenever you see proposals like this that attack [SNAP].it harms the program even if it doesn't pass, in the long term reducing support for the program and stigmatizing people who use it".

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