Trump's Budget Proposal Swaps Food Stamps for Ready-to-Eat Meal Kits

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"It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers", Perdue said.

The other half of the SNAP benefits would still be provided via the EBT card.

According to a summary of the proposal compiled by the Agriculture Department and obtained by CNBC, the boxes would replace about half of the current program's cash benefits.

Those foods would include shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables, according to USDA.

The administration wants to deliver some of those food benefits directly to households in "USDA Food packages".

The White House wants to cut costs and calories for low-income Americans.

"It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale", Mulvaney said. The budget proposal also suggests that the change will reduce the potential for EBT fraud and improve the nutritional value of the benefit provided. "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday. Walmart and Target could lose billions with these proposed cuts to food stamp purchases, and it would certainly hurt the new USDA pilot program set to launch later this year that allows food stamp purchases to be made with retailers online.

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The president's budget still needs to be approved by congress and will likely face modifications before that time.

"So many kids rely on food stamps or SNAP and I can't see changing the program that feeds so many kids without knowing what the impact would be".

The administration says the move is a "cost-effective approach" with "no loss in food benefits to participants".

She said the proposal, if enacted, "would be devastating for the one-in-eight Americans who use SNAP to put food on the table every day". Dietary restrictions? The fact a hefty box of fresh produce might spoil more quickly than eaten, throwing food and this whole plan in the trash?

The adjustments in the program are expected to the save the government $129 billion over the next decade, NPR reported. As the Center for American Progress noted in a memo, this budget also calls for "huge cuts" to federal affordable housing programs, eliminates home heating assistance, and takes housing away from those who can not find work.

Organizations like Hosea Helps and the Atlanta Community Food Bank are paying close attention to the budget proposal.

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.

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