Journalists photograph recently released printed copies of President Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget at the House Budget Committee Win McName/GettyImages
Journalists photograph recently released printed copies of President Trump's fiscal year 2019 budget.

Trump proposes dramatic changes to food stamp program

About 80% of recipients would receive 'USDA Foods package.'

President Trump’s newly released budget would dramatically change the food stamp program.

As proposed, the program would spend $17 billion less on food stamps in 2019, according to Time magazine. Also, families would get food instead of dollars, which budget director Mick Mulvaney compared to a “Blue Apron-type program.” 

Under the proposal, which was announced Monday, low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month — just over 80% of all SNAP recipients — would get about half of their benefits in the form of a "USDA Foods package." The package was described in the budget as consisting of "shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit and vegetables." The boxes would not include fresh fruits or vegetables. – NPR

The White House’s proposal would reduce government spending on SNAP by $129 billion over the next 10 years. Combined with other proposed changes to the program, the changes would shrink SNAP’s budget by $213 billion over the same amount of time, a 30% reduction. – The Hill 

Here’s a look at what others are saying:

The Trump budget is fundamentally about shredding the already-flimsy American social safety net that is intended to help the poor, Jill Filipovic writes in this opinion. It proposes slashing Medicaid, federal housing subsidies, health insurance, and food stamps by billions of dollars. Food stamps, technically called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), face a $17 billion cut in 2019 alone, and stand to lose $213 billion over the next 10 years. – CNN

Facing a trillion-dollar deficit because of his just-passed tax cuts, President Donald Trump has an idea for how to get some of that money back: making poor people eat beans and rice. – HuffPos 

Consumer advocates are questioning whether the federal government could save nearly $130 billion over 10 years by purchasing and distributing food on its own. – CNN Money 

States would have flexibility in how they choose to distribute the food to SNAP recipients. Unlike Blue Apron, it would not be shipped directly to a person’s residence. - Politico

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