New reports via Politico reveal that Donald Trump is proposing a new plan that will see low-income families receiving food boxes rather than food stamps. The box will be available every month and be filled with non-perishable food items.
White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney calls the boxes a “Blue Apron-type program” in reference to the meal kit boxes that haven’t performed well since its debut in 2017. The plan is said to save the government money and provide families with more nutritious options than what the food stamps currently provide.
This proposal is part of the White House’s fiscal 2019 budget and will reportedly replace half of the money families receive via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. America’s Harvest Box, unlike the Blue Apron boxes, will not include meats and vegetables but rather items such as peanut butter, cereal, shelf-stable milk, canned fruits and more.
In terms of how recipients will receive the box, USDA spokesman Tim Murtaugh tells the publication that states would “have flexibility” when it comes to distribution. “The projected savings does not include shipping door-to-door for all recipients,” he added.
Since the news broke, it has sparked some reactions on Twitter, see below. What do you guys think?