Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps for Impoverished Americans With Food Boxes to Save Money

Donald Trump’s administration have plans to scrap food stamps for the low-income American people and substitute them with non-perishable foods selected by the government, reported Politico on Monday.

This proposal was recommended by the White House budget director Mulvaney and was also included in the White House fiscal budget, which was released on Monday. Members of the administration claim that it could save the federal government up to $129 billion over the next 10 years.

Mulvaney has likened the proposal to that of start-up meal delivery company Blue Apron.

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., on February 9. Jonathan 

With such a plan in place, the amount of money low income families receive from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, would massively decrease, and instead they would receive a product which has been dubbed “America’s Harvest Box” by the Department of agriculture.

The box will contain food necessities like shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned fruits, meats and cereal.

Many critics have compared this proposal to wartime rationing, and have ridiculed as to how the boxes would be delivered to remote areas and if they would accommodate people with special dietary needs and allergies.

According to The Food Research and Action Center, a well known non-profit group, the introduction of such a scheme would be “costly, inefficient, stigmatizing, and prone to failure.”

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