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USDA Eyeing Changes To Federal Food Benefit Program That Would Give States More Control | Harvest Public Media

Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney said these meal deliveries would be akin to Blue Apron, but the comparison is downright laughable when you look at what the government actually proposes.

Harlan Hill said on Fox News' Your World With Neil Cavuto, "We can navigate these problems".

Major changes to the Federal Food Stamp Program could be coming in 2019, according to President Trump's proposed budget.

Under the new proposal, households getting $90 or more a month in SNAP benefits would receive a portion of their benefits in the form of a USDA Foods package. The rest of their benefits would be provided on electronic benefit cards as they are now. Would this mean the government dictated the foods each family gets - say, Wheaties instead of Corn Pops, chunky peanut butter instead of smooth? Mulvaney's proposal would replace that with "America's Harvest Box", a mailed package of "100 percent USA grown and produced food", with an emphasis on preserved items such as shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned meats and fruit and cereal, Politico reports.

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. Hatcher added that grocery retailers had worked with the USDA and Congress over many years to utilize "existing commercial infrastructure and technology to achieve the greatest efficiency, availability and lowest cost", but the new measure would affect those achievements. "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday.

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The USDA estimates it would save $129 billion over a decade.

Congress largely ignored Trump's proposed budget for SNAP a year ago, when he wanted to cut the funding by a quarter. Participating households - roughly 136,000 Iowans, and 16.4 million nationally - would see food assistance cut in half in favor of a Trump administration "harvest box", which includes no fresh foods.

The White House has proposed a cut to the food stamps program in favor of a packaged food delivery system. Like when they canceled Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch program past year because it tried to tell people what food give their kids?

Smaller convenience stores in the Wilmington area, who wished to remain anonymous, said the change would reduce their sales, but to a lesser degree than food stores.

"The first thing that jumped out was the huge cut", said Marcia Wells, who works at the Mid-South Food Bank. "This action would not only destabilize attempts to bring more healthy, fresh foods into the homes of America's food insecure, but would keep dollars out of local grocery stores and farmers markets, which are critical assets to all communities", she told Politico.

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