The Trump Administration Isn't Even Masking Its Contempt for the Poor Anymore

The government has hailed it as a "Blue Apron-type program", giving the ingredient-and-recipe meal-kit service invaluable free exposure.

"What's the process for matching, if I go on Amazon and order food like you and I - I can pick out what I want, I have some options.not everyone has availability to the internet, what's the system behind that?" said President Herbert Smith.

Big changes could be coming to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as SNAP.

A new proposal by the Trump administration would cut monetary food assistance for 81 percent of recipient households in half and replace that benefit with USDA food.

The other half of the SNAP benefits would still be provided via the EBT card. But consumer watchdogs question whether such a program would actually save money and have further doubts about the government picking out food for millions of Americans. The remainder would be delivered in the form of a USDA Foods package, called a Harvest Box, which 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. Hatcher added that grocery retailers had worked with the USDA and Congress over many years to utilize "existing commercial infrastructure and technology to achieve the greatest efficiency, availability and lowest cost", but the new measure would affect those achievements. It also makes sure that they're getting nutritious food. "So we're pretty excited about that", Mulvaney said during the briefing Monday.

Though they are considering changes to food stamps, members of Congress will nearly certainly ignore the Trump administration's beans-and-rice scheme when they begin the legislative process of reauthorizing SNAP this year.

The food stamp program costs about $1.37 per meal.

All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota helps supplement groceries to 65,000 people in Sarasota and DeSoto counties and many of them have food stamps.

"How are those cities going to deliver food to rural America?" Critics also warn that the one-size fits-all government food box won't be able to accommodate those with special dietary needs.

How they would distribute foods to people with specialized diets, or [to people in] rural areas ... Congressman Steve Cohen said the proposed changes to the SNAP program are both impractical and cruel. Dollar General and Dollar Tree's Family Dollar division have signaled that food stamps account for roughly 5 percent of sales, according to Gordon Haskett Research Advisors analyst Chuck Grom.

  • Jon Douglas