How would Trump's budget plan transform Ohio's food stamp (SNAP) program?

How would Trump's budget plan transform Ohio's food stamp (SNAP) program?

How would Trump's budget plan transform Ohio's food stamp (SNAP) program?

Low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month would see "about half" of their benefits come in the form of a nonperishable, American-grown "USDA Foods package", or a "Harvest Box", according to a news release Monday from the USDA, which runs SNAP.

President Trump's 2019 budget request would prevent food-stamp recipients from using the program to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, requiring them to receive a box of processed foods instead.

"USDA America's Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families - and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers", Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in the proposal.

According to the USDA the amount of food received by each recipient would be scaled to the size of the household and would contain USA grown and produced food, like shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, as well as canned fruits and vegetables.

President Trump's budget proposal looks at replacing the "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program" or SNAP.

Combined with other proposed changes to the SNAP program, the cuts would shave $213 billion off its budget over 10 years.

"The most efficient way to distribute those food stamp products is through the supermarkets that are already existed", said Joe Fasula, co-owner of Gerrity's Supermarkets.

If the harvest box program is feasible and would in fact save money, it would benefit every American to reduce waste, fraud, and abuse.

Roberts said, "The proposed changes would be absolutely devastating to the approximately 118,000 food insecure people we serve here at Tri-State Food Bank".

Meyer also says that he thinks this might be a way for "food businesses that have excess food that they're unable to get it off their warehouse shelves".

Under the full-scale redesign, the Agriculture Department would use a portion of those benefits to buy and deliver a package of US -grown commodities - officially dubbed "America's Harvest Box" - to recipients, using the government's buying power to lower costs.

Fifteen percent of OH families are considered food insecure and receive SNAP benefits. Like when they canceled Michelle Obama's healthy school lunch program past year because it tried to tell people what food give their kids? That document shows the SNAP program will be cut by $5.26 billion in the 2019 budget compared to the 2017 cost.

"The SNAP program is incredibly important to people in our community who are living on a very limited income and need help getting food", Day said Tuesday. "In addition, we must also fight against the other proposed eligibility and benefit cuts to SNAP that are just as radical and likely to gain traction in Congress".

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