The Trump administration is proposing a major shake-up in one of the country's most important "safety net" programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Iberis plans to offer the Valley as a testing site for the "America's Harvest Box" program. According to Trump's new 2019 budget plan, the boxes would be comprised of "100 percent US grown and produced food", including items like canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, peanut butter, pasta, cereal, juice, and beans.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement.
As of today, those Americans who are under the SNAP program have the right to make a decision on what to spend the cash on whenever they are doing some shopping in a verified retail store.
A requirement that able-bodied adults who want to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for more than three months at a time must work in some capacity isn't new.
"SNAP is an efficient program that already utilizes a grocery system", Knott said.
The proposal is part of a broader plan to gut the SNAP program, reducing it by roughly $213 billion - almost 30 per cent - over the next decade. Some also questioned how Americans without a auto would pick up these food boxes.
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.
The Trump administration wants to create a program replacing half the food money families get each month- with 100% U-S- grown food and non-perishable items like peanut butter, canned foods and cereal. "These budget proposals for SNAP are the wrong way to go to provide healthy, safe, affordable food for all".
Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a hunger advocacy group that also helps clients access food-assistance services, said the administration's plan left him baffled. Plus, it could be hard for families to pick up the box, especially if they don't have a vehicle. According to CNN, the change would affect about 38 million people.
However, he disagreed with media coverage that claimed the SNAP program is being abused by users, which he described as "people from all walks of life".
"They're cuts", Dean said. "I look forward to working on those changes when the Senate takes up the Farm Bill later this year".
"SNAP is most successful government program we have today", said Craig Gundersun, a professor of agriculture and economics at the University of IL who has studied SNAP for the past twenty years. "SNAP - as we receive it now - it helps a whole lot more than what he is proposing". Even so, Weill says, "Whenever you see proposals like this that attack [SNAP].it harms the program even if it doesn't pass, in the long term reducing support for the program and stigmatizing people who use it".