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Trump proposes to replace portion of food stamps with food boxes


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The Trump administration proposed a plan that would shake-up how the U.S. food stamp program operates. The president’s recently released budget plan proposes cutting out some of the cash payments to food stamp recipients and replacing them with food boxes, Politico reported.

The plan would reform the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, that provided support to nearly 21 million households — more than 42 million people — during the 2017 fiscal year.

How would the plan work?

Households that receive more than $90 a month in cash would get approximately half of their benefits in the form of a Harvest Box filled with 100 percent American-grown food. The plan is expected to save taxpayers a projected $129 billion over the next decade.

The 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 Perduesaid in a statement.

It would be up to the individual states to determine how it would distribute the boxes to recipients.


The poor box plan?

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