Trump administration proposes plan to replace food stamps with food boxes

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No fresh fruits or vegetables were listed among the items in the stable of foods that potentially would be sent to recipients, nor was there any indication of accommodations for health, cultural, religious or regional concerns.

The administration wants to deliver some of those food benefits directly to households in "USDA Food packages". Is this the best way to balance our budget? The food-stamp program served 42.2 million people during the 2017 fiscal year, with many spending the benefits at supermarkets.

While Mulvaney compared the new proposed changes to the SNAP program to high-end meal kit delivery companies like Blue Apron and its competitors, critics are calling the proposal "radical and risky", according to Politico.

But opponents argue the plan does not take into account dietary or religious restrictions on food and that it takes away people's freedom to choose what they eat.

"Some of the foods that were available probably did need to be modified and looked over", Ward said.

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".

A Trump administration proposal to reduce food-stamp benefits is casting a cloud over USA dollar-store chains. The plan is said to save the government money and provide families with more nutritious options than what the food stamps now provide.

Indeed, issues such as allergies, bowel difficulties, and even simple preferences would invariably make the program a hard sell to food stamp recipients, much less to state governments that would have to implement such an initiative.

Under the proposal, instead of receiving all of their food stamp funds, households would get a box of food. The SNAP program is largely successful the way it is, and claims of fraud are way overblown.

The boxes would make up for about half of people's monthly cash benefits.

The budget is just in its proposal stage so it still needs to be debated at the federal level before it becomes a reality. Plus, it could be hard for families to pick up the box, especially if they don't have a auto.

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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