National budget could change food stamp policy


National budget could change food stamp policy

As part of the new 2019 budget proposal, recipients would be entered into the new "America's Harvest Box" programme and will receive about half their benefits in the form of a food box, rather than buying the food themselves.

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the newly proposed plan would resemble a "Blue Apron-type programme". Families that get $90 or more a month would get almost half of their benefits in the form of a package including shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry and fish.

If this plan is approved as part of the president's budget, it would have a significant impact in the Buckeye State.

The proposal is included in the Trump administration budget request for fiscal year 2019.

The proposal would save taxpayers more than $213 billion over the next decade by reducing systemic abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and slashing costs since food would be purchased wholesale.

Ed Sloter uses food stamps but comes to the food pantry when they run out.

Akright said cutting 30 percent of food stamp funding will trickle down to food banks and food pantries in Iowa.

Advocates for the hungry said they are skeptical of the plan and unclear how it would work for people with specialized diets, or whether USDA would allot the same foods to, say, an elderly diabetic and a family with young children.

Fifteen percent of OH families are considered food insecure and receive SNAP benefits.

Families would also be required to pick up their Harvest Box, which would be valued at about half of the recipient's monthly benefit, according to reports.

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. "You actually receive the food instead of receive the cash". USDA spokesman Tim Murtaugh said that states would "have flexibility" in how they would distribute the food to SNAP recipients. A family of four eligible for SNAP must make no more than $31,980 per year, or less than 130 percent of the poverty line. "What they're really trying to say is, 'We're going to make it really hard and increase stigma for families and individuals.' They are really trying to make it an unattractive program for people to participate in". "In addition, we must also fight against the other proposed eligibility and benefit cuts to SNAP that are just as radical and likely to gain traction in Congress".



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