Feds propose to replace food stamps with 'Blue Apron-like' program

Read The White House’s Plans for SNAP Food Stamp Program

White House Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney compared the SNAP food package to Blue Apron.

The other half of the SNAP benefits would still be provided via the EBT card. It would give all households receiving more than $90 a month in cash a food-aid package that would "include items such as shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish", according to the proposal.

Trump wants to overhaul the country's food stamp program.

The proposal is also likely to enrage food retailers - particularly Walmart, Target and Aldi - who stand to lose billions if food stamp benefits are cut, analysts say.

Back in 2011, Donald Trump railed about a "food stamp crime wave" in his book "Time to Get Tough", arguing that benefits should be only temporary and that the Obama Administration had loosened the rules too much. "So we're pretty excited about that". The food-stamp program served 42.2 million people during the 2017 fiscal year, with many spending the benefits at supermarkets.

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But these commodity boxes aren't seen as positive change within grocery store groups or food banking circles, and to explain further we're joined now by Angie Rodgers, president and CEO of the Association of Arizona Food Banks.

In a statement provided to The Hill, Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueThe Hill's 12:30 Report Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue is "designated survivor" for Trump's State of the Union Live coverage: Trump delivers his first State of the Union MORE defended the "bold, innovative approach" to feeding the nation's hungry.

The Trump administration added that the federal government could pass the responsibility for making the program work to the states, effectively passing the cost and a logistical nightmare to statehouses, who would essentially have to figure out how to replicate what Amazon took years to establish.

The idea that the government could save money by distributing food itself, she said, is "ill-informed at best". As the Center for American Progress noted in a memo, this budget also calls for "huge cuts" to federal affordable housing programs, eliminates home heating assistance, and takes housing away from those who can not find work. According to the proposal states would be allowed to determine the method of delivery "through existing infrastructure, partnerships, and/or directly to residences through commercial and/or retail delivery services".

U.S. Rep. David Young told KCCI in a phone interview that it is important for his constituents to read Trump's budget proposal but to also remember that Congress will ultimately make budget decisions.

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