Proposal to replace SNAP with food delivery program causes concern

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Also, families would get food instead of dollars, which budget director Mick Mulvaney compared to a "Blue Apron-type program".

His proposal is part of the 2019 fiscal budget and would replace about half of the money families receive from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), POLITICO reported. "America's Harvest Box" would be sent to about 80 percent of people who use food stamps, and would include items such as shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, and canned meat, fruit and vegetables.

The Trump administration unveiled a new plan to revamp how people are receiving food stamps, suggesting that the government give them boxes of nonperishable food instead.

The plan was criticized due to questions about whether the boxes would contain healthy ingredients and how poor Americans without a vehicle would pick up the boxes. The White House said the proposal would save taxpayers millions in fraud and abuse but local critics say the president's proposal would hurt the hungry.

The program "will be administratively costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure", said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. "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".

Smaller convenience stores in the Wilmington area, who wished to remain anonymous, said the change would reduce their sales, but to a lesser degree than food stores.

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Trump wants to overhaul the country's food stamp program. This change to the SNAP benefits would impact approximately 16.4 million households, or about 81% of SNAP, and the proposal would save $129.2 billion over the 10-year period, according to a USDA news release.

The government's proposed program would apply to households that receive more than $90 in food stamp benefits.

"I think that's important", Brislain said.

"We either start pulling it in, reigning it in now, getting a handle on it and getting people, you know, turn the ship around, or when it does crash then it'll be ten times worse", he said.

The proposal would take away a lot of healthy fresh options for snap recipients something that greatly concerns the food bank.

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