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Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get

Mujahideen

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The Trump administration is proposing a major shake-up in one of the country's most important "safety net" programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy with their SNAP benefits.

The proposal is included in the Trump administration budget request for fiscal year 2019. It would require approval from Congress.

Under the proposal, which was announced Monday, low-income Americans who receive at least $90 a month — just over 80 percent 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.

Currently, SNAP beneficiaries get money loaded onto an EBT card they can use to buy what they want as long as it falls under the guidelines. The administration says the move is a "cost-effective approach" with "no loss in food benefits to participants."

The USDA believes that state governments will be able to deliver this food at much less cost than SNAP recipients currently pay for food at retail stores — thus reducing the overall cost of the SNAP program by $129 billion over the next 10 years.

This and other changes in the SNAP program, according to the Trump administration, will reduce the SNAP budget by $213 billion over those years — cutting the program by almost 30 percent.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesal...-to-decide-what-food-snap-recipients-will-get
 

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As someone who has previously worked in a supermarket on the front end for over 9 years, I have to say this is a great move.

Walmart and the healthcare industry are the only ones benefiting from poor people who eat poor foods.
 

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I agree wholeheartedly. This will do a TON more to fight the obesity epidemic than the Wookie's lame school lunch program.

It will also cut down on the amount of fraud (people selling SNAP shopping sprees to their friends so they can buy drugs/cigs/alcohol). I saw this a lot when I worked in grocery in college.
 

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Soda. Zero nutritional benefit, massive health concequences.
Why is this allowed to be purchased?
I know it was hypothetical but:
Keeps their brains cloudy,
Keeps them addicted and increasing corporate profits (soda lobby. Pepsico revenue in 2016= $62.8 BILLION)
Pumpin' up the health care system: rotted teeth, dentures, root canals, insulin drugs, amputations etc.
 

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This will push more to get back to work.
Hopefully if we shipped a whole lotta wetbacks home and don't grant amnesty then wages may hold steady.
 

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Soda. Zero nutritional benefit, massive health concequences.
Why is this allowed to be purchased?
It definitely doesn’t belong on food stamps and probably should have a warning label.
 

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in bolshevik america are we forced, at the point of a gun, to take money/food from our family to give free food to fat asses

overlay the obesity map with the welfare uptake map. they match PERFECTLY
 

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Soda. Zero nutritional benefit, massive health concequences.
Why is this allowed to be purchased?
Not just "allowed" to be purchased but ENCOURAGED to be purchased.

Huge profit margins so that's great for the corporate elites. With the added bonus of short and long term health consequences so that's great for Big Pharma and the insurance companies.

Win/Win for everyone but the peasants.
 

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It's gonna be tough on the recipients, baskets of .g0v food won't be easy to sell for booze, cash or drugs.