Instead Of Delivering Food Stamps To Needy Families, Trump Proposes Delivering Food

President Donald Trump is shaking up yet another issue in the country by offering a new and unique proposal. In his recently released budget plan, he has thrown out the idea that instead of giving people food stamps to buy their own food, the government would simply deliver boxes of food to people.

The reaction to the idea has been mixed.

According to the proposal, families who recieve more than  $90 in Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits (SNAP), more commonly known by the older term 'food stamps', would be sent boxes full of food, negotiated and prepared by local governments.

The food boxes, known as 'Harvest Boxes', would be filled with 100 percent American-grown non-perishable goods.

One benefit of the program is that it would be able to deliver more food for less money, since local governments could take advantage of bulk prices. Another benefit is that, because the cost of the boxed food would be lower, the government could provide family with more nutritional options than they can normally afford at full supermarket price.

Families will not be forced to live on Ramen noodle and cheap canned pastas. The President also believes it will cut down on food stamp fraud.

According to the proposal, it would save taxpayers $129 billion over the next 10 years.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says the Harvest Box program 'is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families — and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers'.

Some people are not so sure that the government controlling what people eats is a good idea. How is the program going to take into account special diets? If someone is a vegetarian, or sticking to a controlled carbohydrate diet due to diabetes, if someone is allergic to peanuts or wheat, will they have options?  

Others are suspicious about the claims that it would cut costs. “Perhaps this proposal would save money in one account, but based on our decades of experience in the program, it would increase costs in other areas that would negate any savings,” read a statement from the Food Marketing Institute.

“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.”

While it's unclear if this particular proposal is going to fly, something needs to be done about SNAP. During the Obama administration, more than 10 million new households signed up for food stamps, a 32 percent increase. The number peaked, with 47 million recipients in 2013.

Since then, it's down slightly, but continues to be a major burden on the taxpayer.

While food programs are absolutely necessary for some people to survive, many taxpayers worry about people abusing the system, and about bureaucratic red tape and inefficient handling driving up costs needlessly. People on SNAP also worry; many complain that they are unable to afford healthy options.

Some people suffering from food insecurity feel that the benefits don't stretch enough to cover their needs. Reform is definitely needed, but President Trump’s new proposal is likely to spark a lot of controversy.

Source: The Blaze
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