Trump wants to make food stamps look more like Blue Apron and call it “America’s Harvest Box.” According to the USDA, it’s part of the proposed White House budget. The proposal combines the current program, SNAP, with food box deliveries. Families that receive $90 or more per month in SNAP benefits would get a box of food that contains “100% American grown products.” The box would be worth half of the current SNAP benefits and the other half would be given in the current electronic transfer card.
16.4 million households would be affected by this proposal, which is 81% of SNAP households. The government says the new policy could save $129 billion in the next 10 years. 41.6 million people used SNAP in November 2017 — so the proposal has a ton of critics.
Matt Knott, the President of Feeding America stated, “SNAP is a cornerstone nutrition program in our country, and the nation’s 200 food banks and 60,000 pantries and other meal programs simply cannot make up for the lost meals that would result from these program changes.”
Senior Vice President of Share Our strength, Lisa Davis stated, “The White House budget is a wish list, not a piece of legislation, but it still has the power to cause harm. We must fight for the programs that make sure kids get the basic food, care and skills they desperately need to grow up strong.”