What's in the box? Detailing the Trump food stamp proposal

Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, told reporters on Monday about the plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to redesign the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) as "America's Harvest Box".

Trump also proposed cutting a federal housing subsidy program, known as Section 8 vouchers, by almost $1 billion, which Yentel said would affect more than 250,000 low-income families.

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.

In a statement provided to The Hill, Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueThe Hill's 12:30 Report Agriculture chief Sonny Perdue is "designated survivor" for Trump's State of the Union Live coverage: Trump delivers his first State of the Union MORE defended the "bold, innovative approach" to feeding the nation's hungry.

The foods in the deliveries would include shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables, according to USDA. It's unlikely the Trump Administration's budget proposal would get passed in its entirety.

The president's plan would replace about half of every household's SNAP benefits with a home delivered food box.

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The budget Mulvaney was outlining would spend $17 billion less on food stamps in 2019 - and about $213 billion less over the next decade - while making other cuts to federal safety net programs such as Medicaid. "As a single mother who relied on food stamps to help feed my boys, I can't overstate how offensive this proposal is", Lee's tweet read.

The Managing Attorney of the Georgia Legal Services, Bill Broker, says food stamps are a lifeline for many. Under the terms of the proposal, food boxes would go to households qualifying for more than $90 in food stamps, nearly 90 percent of SNAP recipients.

Trump's proposal met with concern from hunger advocacy groups, who charged that it would give families less control over what they eat than the current EBT card system.

Cap SNAP benefits at the level of a household of six.

"So if this starts to be phased out that's going to put a greater strain on our resources, because when people can't get those benefits, they are going to come to our partner agencies because people still have to get their nutrition", Wells said. Forty-four percent of all SNAP recipients are children. Even so, Weill says, "Whenever you see proposals like this that attack [SNAP] ... it harms the program even if it doesn't pass, in the long term reducing support for the program and stigmatizing people who use it".

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