14 February, 2018
The Perdue proposal would send all households receiving at least $90 a month in food stamps - about 81 percent of program participants, or 16.4 million households - a package of "nutritious, 100-percent US grown and produced food" containing nonperishable items such as shelf-stable milk, cereal, peanut butter, canned meat, fruits and vegetables.
The 2019 budget summary for the Department of Agriculture says that the government wants to cut $200 billion in benefits over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - commonly referred to as food stamps.
Items in said box would be "100 percent American", because food should always be patriotic, but nothing is fresh: The government listed some examples, and they include "shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry, or fish". "As the private partners with the government ensuring efficient redemption of SNAP benefits, retailers are looking to the administration to reduce red tape and regulations, not increase them with proposals such as this one".
But the administration's SNAP proposal was particularly striking, advocates and experts said, because it advocates a fundamental change to the program's administration. The processed food packages would not include fresh fruits and vegetables. "These budget proposals for SNAP are the wrong way to go to provide healthy, safe, affordable food for all".
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Replacing food stamps: This had many of you talking today.
A proposal to overhaul how food stamps are distributed in America involves packaged food deliveries.
"What they're trying to do is demean these people", said U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Atlanta, a senior member of the House Agriculture Committee who served with Perdue in the Georgia Senate in the 1990s. Probably the River Bend Food Bank.
Critics immediately began questioning the effectiveness of the new program, which is supposedly created to cut costs - but raises many logistical and practical concerns. It also makes sure they're getting nutritious food. They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.
"Holy mackerel", said Concannon, who compared it to an era when poor people had to line up and wait for food and welfare benefits to be distributed. The group pointed to recent research showing that SNAP is of critical importance in reducing food and economic insecurity, fighting poverty and improving the nation's health and well-being.