Food stamps proposal would partially replace EBT credit with boxes of food

Read The White House’s Plans for SNAP Food Stamp Program

Mulvaney's remarks drew raised eyebrows from some critics, who accuse the Trump administration official of drawing an unfair comparison between the food stamp program, which delivers an average of $1.37 per meal to America's poorest, and a high-end meal kit that runs $10 per serving.

The additional amount of the families food stamp benefits would go onto their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card for them to use at grocery stores.

States will be given substantial flexibility to distribute these food benefits to participants.

The box would be worth approximately half of a SNAP recipient's monthly benefit.

Mulvaney also said that it will give people more nutritious options while saving the government money.

Although the measure will reportedly save the federal government $129 billion over the next decade, there's a still a number of concerns surrounding the proposal.

The proposal is particularly puzzling given this administration's propensity to oppose food programs that supposedly force individuals to have to make certain food choices.

Major agricultural and food lobby groups refrained from comment, while one anti-hunger group was alarmed at the proposal. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it could supply these goods at about half the cost of retail, enabling it to reduce the cost of SNAP while still feeding the needy.

Trump's massive reshaping of SNAP would still need to be approved by Congress.

The White House has proposed a cut to the food stamps program in favor of a packaged food delivery system. Approximately 16.4 million households, or about 81 percent of SNAP households would be impacted by this proposal. Sonny Perdue said in a release.

Reaction was muted on Capitol Hill, where both congressional agriculture committees are working on reauthorizations of the food stamp program as part of a farm law that expires September 30. He said a warehouse expansion that is now underway will triple the food bank's size and give it the capacity to double monthly food distribution.

"We know that taste is something that is hard to dictate, and I think you may end up providing a lot of food to people that they won't eat", says Bruce Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor of Public Policy at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Business. A family of four eligible for SNAP must make no more than $31,980 per year, or less than 130 percent of the poverty line. Opponents of the cuts also point out that the physical delivery of the food would pose a challenge for the government.

Congress largely ignored Trump's proposed budget for SNAP previous year, when he wanted to cut the funding by a quarter.

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