White House Hoping to Deliver Food to The Poor to Save Money

Posted February 14, 2018

Attempting to trumpet in the administration's program, Sonny Perdue, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary, called the new proposal a "bold, innovative approach", while announcing that food from the program would be produced in the United States.

Mulvaney's remarks drew raised eyebrows from some critics, who accuse the Trump administration official of drawing an unfair comparison between the food stamp program, which delivers an average of $1.37 per meal to America's poorest, and a high-end meal kit that runs $10 per serving.

Under the plan, more than 16 million households would see half of their benefits go toward the food box delivery program.

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. "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", U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said in a statement. The remainder of their benefits would be given to them on electronic benefit cards, as before. America's Harvest Box, unlike the Blue Apron boxes, will not include meats and vegetables but rather items such as peanut butter, cereal, shelf-stable milk, canned fruits and more.

"For every meal that we provide as a feeding America food bank, snap provides 12 meals", said Roberts.

But Mulvaney did not explain how the program would work, other than that the USDA would advise states to deliver the food using "existing infrastructure".

Institute a three-month SNAP time limit for unemployed adults who aren't disabled or raising minor children for people up to age 62, versus the current limit of age 49.

Fifteen percent of OH families are considered food insecure and receive SNAP benefits.

The Trump administration proposal could shake up the country's largest program created to battle domestic hunger issues.

A spokesman for Congressman Dent says major changes to the SNAP program are best made in the context and during deliberation of the Farm Bill.

The proposal would save almost $130 billion over 10 years, as well as improve the nutritional value of the program and reduce the potential for fraud, according to the administration. For one, the Trump administration's proposal doesn't include fresh items, like produce or meat, which are the core of Blue Apron and its competitors.

Gruber also says they send educators into community to help empower people with the tools to shop healthy on a budget, something this plan would counteract.