President's proposed budget cuts could deal heavy blows to Iowa food banks

President's proposed budget cuts could deal heavy blows to Iowa food banks

On Monday, White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney compared the idea to meal kit delivery "Blue Apron-type programs", which Politico points out had one of the worst stock debuts in 2017 and struggles to retain customers.

The administration says the move is a "cost-effective approach" with "no loss in food benefits to participants".

President Donald Trump's administration is proposing major changes and major cuts to the federal food stamp program.

One of its cost-saving measures is dubbed "America's Harvest Box", a box of all US-grown food items that will be sent out to anyone who receives more than $90 in SNAP benefits per month, approximately 81% of SNAP recipients.

The remainder would still be provided through the current Electronic Benefit Transfer card. "It would require the government to select and purchase nonperishable food items, pack food boxes for millions of American homes, and then somehow deliver those food boxes across the country", Burhop said.

According to the USDA, the amount of food received would be scaled to the overall household's SNAP allotment and ultimately represent about half of their SNAP benefits.

Social welfare groups and advocates quickly questioned the proposal, which would need congressional approval and require big logistical changes to implement.

'It lowers the cost to us because we can buy prices at wholesale, whereas they have to buy it at retail. "So we're pretty excited about that". The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) now has strict restrictions on what can be purchased with these benefits.


The president's budget still needs to be approved by Congress.

Nevertheless, Akright said he worries that cuts to food stamps will negate the food bank's expansion. "States will have substantial flexibility in designing the food box delivery system through existing infrastructure, partnerships, or commercial/retail delivery services".

Some of Blue Apron's offerings include beef medallions and scallion salsa verde, salmon and dukkah-spiced vegetables and creamy fusilli bucati pasta with fried rosemary and walnuts, according to their website.

The plan isn't sitting well with local food bank officials.

The Trump administration may be looking at revamping the program that ensures that low-income families have the food they need.

He was surprised to learn about the food box proposal.

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.

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