Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps With Food Boxes to Save Money
13 February, 2018
Amid the outcry over President Donald Trump’s proposed 2019 budget—which also calls for massive spending cuts for education, healthcare, and foreign aid—policy experts and anti-hunger groups zeroed in on Tuesday on the administration’s plan to replace food stamps with boxes that would contain foods pre-selected by the Agriculture Department.
With Blue Apron, you get to pick your meals and decide when they come,” noted journalist Bryce Covert. “And it gives you all the ingredients you need to complete it. Under Trump’s plan, the government decides what you get and when you get it. You have no say. Is your oven off because you couldn’t pay the gas bill? Too bad, you got canned food that needs to be heated up.”
“It boggles the mind how that would play out,” Kathy Fisher, policy director at Philadelphia’s Coalition Against Hunger, told the Washington Post. “We know SNAP works now, when people can choose what they need. How they would distribute foods to people with specialized diets, or [to people in] rural areas…It’s very expensive and very complicated.”
Others pointed out that the USDA’s proposed name for the packages, “America’s Harvest Box,” is a misnomer.
America’s food insecure, but would keep dollars out of local grocery stores and farmers markets, which are critical assets to all communities,” Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, told Politico