Trump Cuts $200 Million From 'Food Stamp' Program

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

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

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.

Trump officials told reporters on Monday that the reforms would affect approximately 16 million Americans who now participate in SNAP, or 81 percent of households in the program.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney on Monday unveiled details of the program, called America's Harvest Box, saying it's one of the most "innovative" proposals in the president's budget.

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.

The New Hanover County Department of Social Services said it is aware of the proposal and is looking to the state for guidance about what this change could mean for people locally.

The Trump administration wants to replace food stamps for low-income Americans with boxes of non-perishable food items selected by the government.

According the Department of Agriculture, the program would save $129.2 billion from the SNAP program compared to the current baseline over the next 10 years. America's Harvest Box, unlike the Blue Apron boxes, will not include meats and vegetables but rather items such as peanut butter, cereal, shelf-stable milk, canned fruits and more. "The goal of all these programs; SNAP, TEFAP, WIC, and the food pantries is to build people up when they're in a vulnerable state".

Half of the S.N.A.P recipients' benefits would be used to buy a box of food that the government describes as nutritious and 100 percent grown and produced in the U.S.

Now the food bank sends out about 2,000 boxes a month for seniors in Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming and Susquehanna Counties. Like when they canceled Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch program a year ago because it tried to tell people what food give their kids?

"We put money in the pocket of individuals to spend at their local grocery store", Dean said. The budget expanded on the administration's "previous proposals to strengthen expectations for work among able-bodied adults, preserve benefits for those most in need, promote efficiency in State operations, and improve program integrity".

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