Trump administration proposes big changes for SNAP benefits


In the proposal, the Trump administration said they plan to share relevant data with states while also holding them accountable.

"As we understand the proposal in the president's budget to create a USDA commodity foods box of staples, each of these achievements would be lost", said Hatcher.

Released Monday, Trump's budget would cut more than $200 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP - almost 30 percent over 10 years.

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"It's pretty concerning because it's better to have your own card and know what you need and know what you have in your cabinets and stuff". "As a single mother who relied on food stamps to help feed my boys, I can't overstate how offensive this proposal is". While the White House continues to work at selling this program to the public and Congress, it's still unclear how these boxes would be delivered.

"This proposal focuses on ensuring that all SNAP recipients receive the nutritious food they need at substantial savings by harnessing USDA's purchasing power and America's agricultural abundance", Department of Agriculture spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

Something tells us the ingredients - which would consist of "shelf-stable" items like juice, pasta, canned meat, and beans - would be a bit less fancy than "Salmon and Dukkah-Spiced Vegetables with Orange and Endive". Robert F. Kennedy, in 2012, and accepts SNAP benefits to pay for the boxes, according to its website. But states would be given the ultimate discretion on how to distribute the food boxes. The change would affect approximately 38 million people, according to CNN. "We deal with different people of different backgrounds".

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

Lori Ladas, executive director of Rocky Mountain Development Council in Helena, said the proposal also includes eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP, a weatherization program and the Community Services Block Grant, or CSBG.

Congress largely ignored Trump's proposed budget for SNAP past year, when he wanted to cut the funding by a quarter. The Republican chairmen of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released a joint statement Monday saying that the budget will not prevent them from doing their job of producing a Farm Bill that benefits farmers, consumers, and other stakeholders. About 44 million people get benefits from the program each month. Almost two-thirds were under 18, over 60 or disabled, according to the USDA.

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Grocery stores would be another group to receive a direct hit from this change. "What they're really trying to say is, 'We're going to make it really hard and increase stigma for families and individuals.' They are really trying to make it an unattractive program for people to participate in".