Buy American; President Budget Proposes SNAP Changes

February 12, 2018 12:35 PM
President Donald Trump is proposing to slash cash payments for SNAP and substitute them with "100 percent American grown food" given to recipients.

(Bloomberg) -- In what would be one of the biggest shakeups of the U.S. food-stamp program in its five-decade history, President Donald Trump is proposing to slash cash payments and substitute them with "100 percent American grown food" given to recipients.

The changes, outlined Monday in Trump’s budget proposal, would reshape the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which supports roughly one in eight Americans, by reducing cash spending by about one-third from current levels.

The plan is projected to save $214 billion over a decade. It would give all households receiving more than $90 a month in cash a "USDA Food" package that would "include items such as shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish," according to the proposal.

The food stamp program served 42.2 million people and 20.9 million households, on average, during the 2017 fiscal year. The average household benefit was $254.14, putting most homes well above the threshold for the proposed direct assistance. The program itself cost $68.1 billion, with $63.7 billion given out as benefits.

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Spell Check

Lincoln, NE
2/13/2018 12:47 PM

  So what does this new food program proposal suggest for youth school lunch and weekend food assistance? Does SNAP have provisions to elderly with their food needs living on limited incomes? What economic, environmental and human health impact would USA food production as organic food production systems benefit our population? Grow local and eat locally produce in season, food produced in greenhouses, urban gardens using vacant lots and other food production consumption using food wastes in composting of food scrapes seems logically practical? This suggests opportunities for improved nutritional guidelines for healthy food products?

Lincoln, NE
2/13/2018 01:21 PM

  The article has me asking lots of questions. Will labeling indicate source of origin of production? What impact will this proposed project have on farmers growing products sold at farmers markets related to economic support from USDA? Food quality issues certainly have concerns? Will there be a new generation of youth becoming next generation of adults learning food production skills? Growing up on a farm, there was always something to do in the garden planting, weeding, harvesting and processing garden produce. Great stress re-leaver with lots of physical activities.

Polly Nicole
Lodi, OH
2/13/2018 09:17 PM

  The only way this statement holds water is to get rid of MONSANTO. USDA is not in favor of good healthy food. The lining in cans is linked to cancer. Get rid of corporate milk all together. Allow the purchase of RAW milk. Cereals??? GMO sugar fortified cereal??? He will have to shut down Monsanto and stop the chemical spraying in order to grow organic food. Who's behind this idea? Trump admitted he drinks RAW milk. Does he have a cow in Trump tower??? In most states it is illegal to buy raw milk. This is another way to control the population. We will never have organic food as long as evil is in control.