According to multiple reports, President Trump wants to cut food stamps for low-income Americans, and instead, he offered a better solution.
President Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, touted a proposal on Monday to scrap food stamps and replace them with boxes of non-perishable food items selected by the federal government.
Mick Mulvaney compared the idea to Blue Apron, a company about food delivery.
“What we do is propose that for folks who are on food stamps, part — not all, part — of their benefits come in the actual sort of, and I don’t want to steal somebody’s copyright, but a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash.
It lowers the cost to us because we can buy [at wholesale prices] whereas they have to buy it at retail. It also makes sure they’re getting nutritious food. So we’re pretty excited about that.”
The plan has been nicknamed as “America’s Harvest Box” by the Department of Agriculture. This box would contain frequently used items like shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned meats and fruits, and cereals.
This might sound as a great idea, but some people have questioned the plan, given the specificity of people’s dietary needs and the complexities of their living situations, for example:
7. What if your kid is a fussy eater?
8. What if you're a fussy eater?
9. What about the end of the month?
10. Will the value be the same?
11. What about the stores in your town?
12. What about fresh fruits and veggies?
13. What if you don't have electricity or gas to cook?
— Annie Lowrey (@AnnieLowrey) February 13, 2018
This plan by the Trump administration is believed to save up to $129 billion over the next 10 years.
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