Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Trump administration proposing to replace food stamps with food boxes

Trump administration proposing to replace food stamps with food boxes

In a budget document released Monday, the US Department of Agriculture describes a plan called America's Harvest Box.

That savings requires a almost 30 percent budget cut to the SNAP program. Hundreds of thousands of Nevadans get help putting food on their tables through SNAP. The program would provide roughly16 million low-income families with boxes of nonperishable items sent to their doorsteps once a month. But could hurt the local economy.

But Mulvaney did not explain how the program would work, other than that the USDA would advise states to deliver the food using "existing infrastructure". So instead of giving families food stamps, Trump and his administration will seek to give food boxes. Workers at the Weinberg food bank find the proposal impractical.

Wilson says that change would impact food banks because they are already providing food to so many families in need.

The boxes would make up for about half of people's monthly cash benefits. In the same area some 120,000 people receive food stamp benefits. He also stated that the proposal would save the government almost $130 billion over the course of 10 years.

"We are going to have to find more sources of food and more funds we can raise to buy food to fill that gap", Akright said.

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Users of the system are now allowed to pick out their own food at stores like Gerrity's in Scranton.

Rev. Mark Thompson, the director for Adopt-A-Block, says, "This whole thing has a trickle down affect from people receiving food stamps".

For John Shea it's the only way he can guarantee food will be there when he needs it. The other one might be not as good.

"This just looks like government insanity at its worst", he said. Food stamps account for 7.5% of the $840 billion supermarket industry. The food would be ordered by the government and delivered directly to participating consumers.

Grocery stores would be another group to receive a direct hit from this change. He said a warehouse expansion that is now underway will triple the food bank's size and give it the capacity to double monthly food distribution. "It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers".

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