Quantcast

White House Wants To Deliver Food To The Poor, Blue Apron-Style - LEX18.com | Continuous News and StormTracker Weather

White House Wants To Deliver Food To The Poor, Blue Apron-Style

Posted: Updated:
MGN MGN

(CNN Money)-- Think of it as Blue Apron for food stamp recipients.

That's how Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration's proposal to replace nearly half of poor Americans' monthly cash benefits with a box of food. It would affect households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamps, or roughly 38 million people.

"USDA America's 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," said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. "It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participants currently receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers."

Part of the president's fiscal 2019 budget blueprint, the idea immediately sparked concerns and questions among consumer advocates and food retailers. They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80 percent of those in the program.

Here's how it would work:

Instead of receiving all their food stamp funds, households would get a box of food that the government describes as nutritious and 100 percent grown and produced in the U.S. The so-called USDA America's Harvest Box would contain items such as shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. The box would be valued at about half of the SNAP recipient's monthly benefit. The remainder of their benefits would be given to them on electronic benefit cards, as before.

The administration didn't detail exactly how families would receive the food boxes, saying states could distribute them through existing infrastructure, partnerships or directly to residences through delivery services.

The proposal would save nearly $130 billion over 10 years, as well as improve the nutritional value of the program and reduce the potential for fraud, according to the administration.

Consumer advocates, however, questioned whether the federal government could save that much money by purchasing and distributing food on its own. Also, they were concerned that families would not know what food they would get in advance nor have any choice regardingwhat they receive. Plus, it could be difficult for families to pick up the box, especially if they don't have a car.

"It's a risky scheme that threatens families' ability to put food on the table," said Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

WEATHER
MaxTrack Doppler
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • One Of The 'Property Brothers' Spotted In Kentucky

    One Of The 'Property Brothers' Spotted In Kentucky

    Thursday, August 16 2018 12:56 PM EDT2018-08-16 16:56:11 GMT

    (LEX 18)- One of the 'Property Brothers' has been spotted roaming around Kentucky. Photos and videos of Jonathan Silver Scott have been surfacing on social media. Wednesday, Scott was photographed in Whitesburg outside of the former Dawahare's.  On Thursday, eagle-eyed fans spotted him outside of Benham City Hall.  What Scott is doing in the Bluegrass isn't known and his brother Drew is nowhere to be seen. 

    (LEX 18)- One of the 'Property Brothers' has been spotted roaming around Kentucky. Photos and videos of Jonathan Silver Scott have been surfacing on social media. Wednesday, Scott was photographed in Whitesburg outside of the former Dawahare's.  On Thursday, eagle-eyed fans spotted him outside of Benham City Hall.  What Scott is doing in the Bluegrass isn't known and his brother Drew is nowhere to be seen. 

  • Victim Identified In I-75 Crash

    Victim Identified In I-75 Crash

    Thursday, August 16 2018 9:49 PM EDT2018-08-17 01:49:21 GMT

    LAUREL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) - The Laurel County Sheriff's office confirms that at least one person has died in a single vehicle crash on I-75.

    LAUREL COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) - The Laurel County Sheriff's office confirms that at least one person has died in a single vehicle crash on I-75.

  • Two Injured In Floor Collapse

    Two Injured In Floor Collapse

    Thursday, August 16 2018 10:41 PM EDT2018-08-17 02:41:05 GMT

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - Crews are responding to a floor collapse in Lexington.

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) - Crews are responding to a floor collapse in Lexington.

Powered by Frankly

© LEX18.com 2018, LEX18.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?