Trump's Blue Apron-style plan to replace food stamps savaged online
17:39, Feb 14, 2018
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"The White House called the new plan a" Blue Apron-type delivery program".
"We are going to have to find more sources of food and more funds we can raise to buy food to fill that gap", Akright said.
A new proposal by the Trump administration would cut monetary food assistance for 81 percent of recipient households in half and replace that benefit with USDA food. The rest of their benefits would be provided on electronic benefit cards as they are now.
Food stamp participation had alreadybegun to significantly drop as a result of the improved economy following Trump's win in the U.S. Presidential Election.
$16 million low income households benefit from the SNAP program. No choices. Instead, the Harvest Box dictates what a SNAP recipient will eat with no regard to personal preferences or dietary needs, which poor people have every right to have. "It also makes sure they're getting nutritious food. So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday.
"NGA is extremely concerned with the president's budget proposal, as it abandons the proven free-market model on the ill-advised assumption that the government can purchase and provide food more efficiently than its current private-sector partners".
Some of Blue Apron's offerings include beef medallions and scallion salsa verde, salmon and dukkah-spiced vegetables and creamy fusilli bucati pasta with fried rosemary and walnuts, according to their website.
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.
"[The Department of Agriculture's] 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 homegrown by American farmers and producers", Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.
Workers at the Weinberg food bank find the proposal impractical.
The foods package idea is apparently based on an existing program that uses local government agencies and nonprofits to distribute boxes of food to roughly half a million households each month.
"So many kids rely on food stamps or SNAP and I can't see changing the program that feeds so many kids without knowing what the impact would be". But on the other hand with food stamps driving 7.5%of sales in grocery stores like Aldi and Walmart some who are against the proposal say it could be detrimental for those in the retail industry.
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