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Trump to replace food stamp cash with food boxes

Trump’s new budget includes cuts to the nation’s food stamp program known as SNAP.

The new cuts would replace cash to program recipients with “a package of U.S.-grown commodities” like meat, poultry, milk, peanut butter, and cereal,” the Washington Post reports. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney referred to the boxes of food staples as a “Blue Apron-type program.”

The new program is called “USDA America’s Harvest Box” and the program includes canned fruit and vegetables instead of fresh food, which are more expensive.

According to the Washington Post, food stamp recipients who receive $90 or more per month from the current program will be the ones to receive the “Harvest Box.” Half of a recipients benefits would come in the form of food instead of getting cash.

Currently, recipients receive cash benefits on a debit card to purchase their food and other participating retailers. Items that are excluded are tobacco, alcohol, vitamins, and prepared foods.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called the program shift “a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families.”

Trump’s budget proposal also includes cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and Section 8 housing assistance and significant cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.