Leftists FREAK OUT about bold Trump admin. proposal to revamp food stamps

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The revamped program would apply to households receiving at least $90 a month in benefits, covering about 16 million households.

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.

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

The other half of the SNAP benefits would still be provided via the EBT card. The box "would include items such as shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish", the budget document states.

The program dubbed "America's Harvest Box" is reported to save America $129 billion over the next 10 years.

In a nutshell, the program would reduce government over-spending and mismanagement while ensuring people used the funds for their "Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program" for foods that would truly supplement nutrition.

Institute a three-month SNAP time limit for unemployed adults who aren't disabled or raising minor children for people up to age 62, versus the current limit of age 49.

Unsurprisingly, food retailers objected to the budget's plans for SNAP.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture developed the food delivery box idea internally and Office and Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in a briefing Monday that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue "wanted to give it a chance".

Critics immediately began questioning the effectiveness of the new program, which is supposedly created to cut costs - but raises many logistical and practical concerns.

"It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale, whereas they have to buy it at retail", Mulvaney said.

Boxed or canned food is typically packed with sodium and sugar, two additives that the USDA and nutritionists have repeatedly said that Americans need to cut back on.

We are old enough to remember when Michelle Obama was pilloried for suggesting that school lunches should include less salt and some vegetables beyond the tomatoes in the pizza sauce. "As a single mother who relied on food stamps to help feed my boys, I can't overstate how offensive this proposal is".

The Food Marketing Institute - which represents major grocery chains including Walmart and Kroger - joined the firing squad, saying that government-packed food boxes would be expensive and unravel an efficient program that had been refined over decades. Plus, it could be hard for families to pick up the box, especially if they don't have a vehicle.

"Typically like other governess programs they don't cover all of the costs, so we'd end up having to do more fundraising to cover this government program", said Miller.