Trump Drops the Hammer on Food Stamp Recipients, Will Save U.S. $129 Billion (Details)

The Trump administration has plans to introduce “America’s Harvest Box,” which could save the U.S. $129.2 billion over a decade.

Food stamp recipients – look out!

From Fox Business:

The Trump administration has a proposal to replace some of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) cash benefits with boxes of physical food.

The plan, outlined in the administration’s budget blueprint for fiscal year 2019, is being dubbed “America’s Harvest Box” by the Department of Agriculture. It would provide 16.4 million households, about 81% of current food stamp recipients, with boxes of non-perishable food items grown by U.S. farmers in place of some of their SNAP aid. The government’s proposed program would apply to households that receive more than $90 in food stamp benefits.

Items that could be included in a government-issued food box are grains, peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, juice and other shelf-stable products, according to the Department of Agriculture. The government would decide what to include based on nutrition guidelines utilized for other, existing programs, such as the Emergency Food Assistance Program, and the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.

Under current SNAP guidelines, Americans are free to spend their benefits on food items of their choice.

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America’s Harvest Box could save the country $129.2 billion over the course of a decade, the government said, since it can leverage its buying power to procure better deals with sellers. It also falls in line with the president’s promise to promote a “Buy American, Hire American” agenda.

Townhall has more:

To make sure those who truly need food stamps are receiving the benefits, the Trump administration wants to close loopholes in order to strengthen the expectation that able-bodied adults can and will work.

They plan to do this by:

• Limiting eligibility to those who are receiving cash benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Social Security Insurance (SSI).

• Modifying income and benefit calculations to ensure benefits go to the neediest households.

• Aligning working age definitions with other federal programs.

• Eliminating certain exemptions and limiting the use of waivers so that more able-bodied adults are able to work.

In the proposal, the Trump administration said they plan to share relevant data with states while also holding them accountable. The administration wants states to focus on long-term employment for SNAP participants to get them off of the benefit.

Let’s get it done, Mr. President!

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