Trump administration proposes big changes for SNAP benefits

What Can SNAP Buy? | Food and Nutrition Service

Recipients must meet income guidelines.

The White House says the program, called "America's Harvest Box", would save taxpayers $214 billion over a decade. Combined with other proposed changes to the program, the changes would shrink SNAP's budget by $213 billion over the same amount of time, a 30 percent reduction. Across all Gerrity's locations food stamp reimbursement hold on average eight to 12 percent of their annual income.

Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the proposed cuts to SNAP account for almost 30 percent of the program.

If you receive money from food stamps, a proposal from the government would switch part of that benefit from dollars to non-perishable food.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney compared the idea to Blue Apron, the meal-kit delivery service that sends subscribers gourmet recipes and ingredients.

Organizations like the Maryland Food Bank say this would drastically hurt their efforts of getting food to communities in need. Even Blue Apron allows its customers to pick out what they want to eat, critics observed. "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".

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"I'm not happy with it", said Starla Emery. "Because if someone does not know what's going to be in the that box until it arrives", said Kutz. People with milk or peanut allergies won't get much use out of the milk or peanut butter. Plus, it could be hard for families to pick up the box, especially if they don't have a vehicle. In the same area some 120,000 people receive food stamp benefits.

The box would cut the current monthly monetary SNAP component in half, leaving the remaining funds to be spent as the recipient sees fit.

Opponents to the president's plan believe canned and boxed food is not as healthy as fresh food that can be purchased with food stamps at grocery stores.

She says the Double SNAP program offers SNAP recipients a two for one incentive when they buy from local farmer's markets.

"Holy mackerel", Kevin Concannon, who oversaw SNAP under the Obama administration, said of the proposal in an interview with Politico.

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