As of November 2017, over 40 million Americans (and probably more than a handful of illegals) were on food stamps. In November alone, costs rose to over $5 billion.
Barack Obama and his corrupt administration made little to no attempt to stifle the rising numbers. In fact, it seems like 44’s team encouraged the trend.
Now, President Trump is set to deliver a harsh blow to the SNAP program.
Here are the details of the proposal…
From Fox Business:
The Trump administration has a proposal to replace some of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) cash benefits with boxes of physical food.
The plan, outlined in the administration’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2019, is being dubbed “America’s Harvest Box” by the Department of Agriculture. It would provide 16.4 million households, about 81% of current food stamp recipients, with boxes of non-perishable food items grown by U.S. farmers in place of some of their SNAP aid. The government’s proposed program would apply to households that receive more than $90 in food stamp benefits.
Items that could be included in a government-issued food box are grains, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, juice and other shelf-stable products, according to the Department of Agriculture. The government would decide what to include based on nutrition guidelines utilized for other, existing programs, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.
Under current SNAP guidelines, Americans are free to spend their benefits on food items of their choice.
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney compared the proposal to a “Blue Apron-type program,” which is a meal kit delivery service that provides members with ingredients to cook their own meals.
Blue Apron declined to comment on the government’s program.
America’s Harvest Box could save the U.S. $129.2 billion over a decade. That’s billion with a ‘B.’
Townhall has more:
To make sure those who truly need food stamps are receiving the benefits, the Trump administration wants to close loopholes in order to strengthen the expectation that able-bodied adults can and will work.
They plan to do this by:
• Limiting eligibility to those who are receiving cash benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Social Security Insurance (SSI).
• Modifying income and benefit calculations to ensure benefits go to the neediest households.
• Aligning working age definitions with other federal programs.
• Eliminating certain exemptions and limiting the use of waivers so that more able-bodied adults are able to work.
In the proposal, the Trump administration said they plan to share relevant data with states while also holding them accountable. The administration wants states to focus on long-term employment for SNAP participants to get them off of the benefit.
The Food Marketing Institute — which represents major stores, like Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons — is doing everything in their power to advocate against this proposal. It’s no wonder why. Tens of billions of SNAP benefits are spent each year in their stores. And, of course, the grocery industry is arguing the food boxes would be inefficient.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]