White House Hoping to Deliver Food to The Poor to Save Money

He compared the proposed delivery service, which the USDA is calling "America's Harvest Box", to "a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of [receiving] the cash".

"What's the process for matching, if I go on Amazon and order food like you and I - I can pick out what I want, I have some options.not everyone has availability to the internet, what's the system behind that?" said President Herbert Smith. The people affected are households that receive at least $90 a month in assistance, or 81 percent of all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. However, the remaining benefits would be given to the recipients on electronic benefit cards, making it a possible win-win on both sides.

That would mean the US government would have a say in what 17 million people are eating. Instead a new proposed "USDA Foods Package" within the new budget will only include these items; ready to east cereals, pasta, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables.

$16 million low income households benefit from the SNAP program. Trump should trust Americans to buy the food that's right for their families - and not implement programs that may wind up costing taxpayers more than they're worth. "So we're pretty excited about that". Members of the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees that program, have been laying the groundwork for the next reauthorization for the past several years.

But what the Trump administration is proposing is to take away a majority of that choice, by sending half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package" and half as money.

"USDA America's Harvest Box 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", Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in the proposal.

The budget also floats the idea of new legislation that would require able-bodied adults to work or participate in a work program in order to receive benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Some believe replacing it with stamp, delivered boxes would not only change the way people eat.

Unsurprisingly, food retailers objected to the budget's plans for SNAP.

Florida is third - behind California (No. 1) and Texas - in the nation for use of food stamps in 2016, having redeemed $5.1 billion in food stamps that year.

A spokesman for Congressman Dent says major changes to the SNAP program are best made in the context and during deliberation of the Farm Bill.