Proposal To Reduce SNAP Program, Gets Push Back From Oklahoma Groups

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"I do not think we would have the space, the man power, the logistics involved to try and get that out", Rich Kutz, Director of the Weinberg Food Bank.

The food box would contain American-produced "staple, shelf-stable foods", including shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables.

The USDA says the delivered food would be nutritious and 100 percent USA grown and produced.

The America's Harvest Box Proposal would affect anyone receiving at least $90 in snap benefits each month, which is 81% percent of recipients in America.

The US government under the leadership of President Donald Trump is actually considering to replace some portions of the food stamp program by the federal government with boxes of actual food which will be delivered to recipients on their front doors.

"The thought of that number going up from our current 1300 households a month, anything upwards of that, yeah, how are we going to source that?" said McCullen.

"For every meal that we provide as a feeding America food bank, snap provides 12 meals", said Roberts. The administration says it would ensure people have nutritious options as well as save billions of dollars in the long run.

Changes could be on the way to the country's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

According to reports, the Trump administration is proposing to replace about half of SNAP benefits with a box of food.

"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 in a Department of Agriculture summary. They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.

But PresidentTtrump's proposed 2019 budget would substitute some of the debit cards, like the EBT system, for government-provided food boxes. Some rural stores' survival depends on SNAP benefits, Haynes-Maslow said.

She said they will start knocking on her agency's door to help feed themselves and their families, stretching already strained resources even thinner.

Boxed or canned food is typically packed with sodium and sugar, two additives that the USDA and nutritionists have repeatedly said that Americans need to cut back on.