Trump’s new food stamp plan: a basket of American food, right at your doorstep


The White House budget proposal contains a new food stamp reform plan that would replace the current debit card-based system with one that delivers food grown in the United States directly to households.

This would dramatically mark the current program, which serves nearly 42 million people through what is known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. While the White House budget as a whole has no chance of being passed, the Trump administration has said welfare reform will be something it plans to push forward this year through of a Congress led by Republicans.

The White House says the changes could save $ 214 billion over a decade.

“The budget proposes to combine the traditional retail-based SNAP electronic benefit with the direct provision of nutritious, 100 percent US-grown foods to participating households. This profitable proposition maintains our commitment to helping needy families avoid hunger while generating substantial savings, ”the budget says.

Households receiving $ 90 per month or more would get a serving of long-life milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, canned beans and fruits, vegetables and meat, poultry or of fish. The remainder of the benefit would go to the debit card for use at approved grocery stores.

The Agriculture Department says what it calls the Harvest Box proposal would cut the cost of retailing items in half.

The Agriculture Ministry says it is a similar model for other nutrition assistance programs. States can distribute the boxes through existing infrastructure or use delivery services, the department said.

The average monthly benefit per person was $ 125.79 last year. To be eligible for food stamps, the maximum gross monthly income is 130% of the federal poverty line, which for a one-person household is $ 12,140 and $ 16,460 for a two-person household.

The White House adds that it wants to strengthen “the expectation of work among able-bodied adults and preserve the benefits for those who need it most.”

White House also aims to cap federal matching of administrative costs to states to average costs per case, enforce the use of a real-time database to prevent duplicate participation between states, eliminate performance bonuses government and nutrition education subsidies and eliminates minimum benefits for those who would otherwise be entitled to less.

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