Colorado SNAP recipients fear Trump budget proposal

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The White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney compared the model to Blue Apron - a meal-kit delivery service.

"Initially, I thought it might be a joke because it is such a radical departure from what we know", Broker said.

The budget includes the proposal as part of a complete revamp of the SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which now provides low-income families with electronic benefits that can be used to purchase groceries at authorized retailers. Currently, SNAP beneficiaries can buy what they want with all of their monthly benefits as long as it falls under the guidelines.

The foods package would include items like "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables". The change affects more than 80 percent of recipients, who receive more than $90 a month in SNAP benefits.

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"This proposal focuses on ensuring that all SNAP recipients receive the nutritious food they need at substantial savings by harnessing USDA's purchasing power and America's agricultural abundance", Department of Agriculture spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

Mulvaney claimed that the change would allow the government to save almost $130 billion over 10 years, as it would lower government costs because it could buy the products at wholesale prices. They also say the program will improve the nutritional value of the food stamp program and help reduce the potential for food stamp fraud. The program began under the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973, which the Nixon administration authorized.

President Donald Trump is proposing legislation that would substitute EBT cards for food boxes delivered to doorsteps.

But the so-called "America's Harvest Box" is already coming under criticism from those who say it won't live up to high-end standards and denies choices to people getting the benefit.

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On Monday, the administration announced its plan to slash food assistance for low-income families and replace it with a "Blue Apron-type program".

"So many kids rely on food stamps or SNAP and I can't see changing the program that feeds so many kids without knowing what the impact would be".

The boxes would serve American farmers and food packagers because the groceries would be made in America.

How they would distribute foods to people with specialized diets, or [to people in] rural areas ...

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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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