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

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During a briefing Monday, Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney introduced a service that is similar to Blue Apron, or a food delivery service, the Washington Post reported.

The President's newly proposed budget has changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) that would affect millions of people.

"At the same time, it would create a massive new government bureaucracy to create what the Trump administration has said is some sort of "Blue Apron" program for low-income people", noted Berg.

Instead of receiving money to buy food, they would get a food box.

The plan was criticized due to questions about whether the boxes would contain healthy ingredients and how poor Americans without a vehicle would pick up the boxes.

Leaders from both parties have voiced doubts about the president's overall proposed budget and the administration has not detailed specifically how families would receive the boxes of food. Walmart and Target could lose billions with these proposed cuts to food stamp purchases, and it would certainly hurt the new USDA pilot program set to launch later this year that allows food stamp purchases to be made with retailers online.

How exactly recipients would receive these boxes was not specified in the news release other than to say that states "will be given substantial flexibility to distribute these food benefits to participants".

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Three Square packs food boxes every day; it's part of the 36 million meals the organization provides to the community over the course of a year.

"We shared with Secretary Perdue that even a ten percent cut-which was threatened in the last Farm Bill in 2014-would cause demand to nearly double for our food bank", Arthur said.

"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 home grown by American farmers and producers".

In the 2019 budget and in interviews with reporters, Trump officials say they want to cut those cash benefits in half and replace them with nonperishable food.

"The canned foods - how are we going to cook it?" They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.

That program helps feed seniors in need in our area.

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