Proposed Budget Cuts Could Impact Food Banks and SNAP Recipients

The Trump Administration Isn't Even Masking Its Contempt for the Poor Anymore

Blue Apron is a premium meal ingredient kit-by-mail service that delivers pre-ordered ingredients to customers each week along with suggested recipes which are cooked by customers. This week she published a very interesting story titled "How President's Food Stamp Cuts Would Impact Military Families".

It is important to note that there is really no accurate way to measure how many military families need food stamps, plus if you are a veteran or even a member of the National Guard you aren't even counted. The program would represent a significant undertaking in terms of logistics for the federal bureaucracy that the White House and the Trump administration have time and time again claimed to be wasteful and unwieldy.

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". Right now, those benefits come in the form of an EBT card that they can use to buy food at participating stores.

Andrew Lemmon, program director at Society of St. Andrew, said about 600,000 Mississippians are food insecure and often have to make tough decisions on whether to buy food or other expenses.

The food box would contain American-produced "staple, shelf-stable foods", including shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. Importantly, states would ultimately be left to administer and pay for the costs around the program.

The new proposal would slash government spending on the programme by $129bn over the next 10 years. The budget proposal does not include any funding for distributing the boxes. "As the private partners with the government ensuring efficient redemption of SNAP benefits, retailers are looking to the administration to reduce red tape and regulations, not increase them with proposals such as this one".

More news: Israel police recommends Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted for alleged bribery

He also questions WHERE the food would be send if you're homeless. If the cuts are approved, they would receive their food in "USDA Food Packages".

The program accomplishes what it sets out to do: recipients of SNAP report less food insecurity.

A spokeswoman for House agriculture committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said the committee has held 21 hearings and invited 80 experts to speak about SNAP in its preparations of the forthcoming farm bill, and the idea of a food box was not once discussed.

In Oswego County, benefits for 19,055 people on the program totaled $2.26 million in December, according to state records.

"Having choices is more American", he said. That 30-percent cut would cause at least 4 million people to lose access to the program, according to a projection by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Latest News