Goodbye Food Stamps, Hello Food Boxes!

Keely Sharp
Written by Keely Sharp

Are you sick and tired of seeing people abuse the system and get free money for whatever food they want to buy?

Look, I completely understand some people needing assistance. However, when that assistance turns into dependency, and then that dependency turns into abuse, then we have a problem.

I used to manage a gas station and have seen it first hand! People would literally spend more than $100 in cash on lottery tickets, while oiling $20 with of snacks and junk food on their EBT card. Then, I would print their receipt and see that they still had hundreds of dollars left.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t even have the money to spend hundreds on food and I work three jobs!

The Trump administration wants to fix that! Instead of food stamps, they want to release food boxes in an meal-kit type service.

Fortune reports:

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney explained that “part” of food stamp recipients’ benefits would “come in…a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash.”

The proposal, called “America’s Harvest Box,” would reportedly contain “homegrown” products, sourced from American farmers and producers. Shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, canned fruit and vegetables are among the items that would be included in the box.

 

The box would be worth approximately half of a SNAP recipient’s monthly benefit. The rest of their benefits would be provided on electronic benefit cards as they are currently.

Mulvaney claimed that the change would allow the government to save nearly $130 billion over 10 years, as it would lower government costs because it could buy the products at wholesale prices.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asserted that the box would maintain “the same level of food value as SNAP participants currently receive,” calling it a “bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families.”

 

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