Trump’s Blue Apron-style plan to replace food stamps savaged online

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The change would affect millions of Americans.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration‘s 2019 fiscal year budget proposal to change the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program as a “Blue Apron-type” service, generating a hefty heap of criticism online.

The SNAP program, also known as food stamps, would be changed in the proposed budget by sending poor Americans who receive more than $90 a month in assistance boxes of food. The change would affect approximately 38 million people, according to CNN.

The box would contain items such as shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables and be valued at about half of a SNAP recipient’s monthly benefit.

“We thought it was a tremendous idea so what we do is propose that, for folks who are on food stamps—part, not all part of their benefits come in the actually sort of, and I don’t want to steal somebody’s copyright, but a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash,” Mulvaney said on Monday.

Mulvaney also said the program would save the government money because they could buy the food wholesale.

The plan was criticized due to questions about whether the boxes would contain healthy ingredients and how poor Americans without a car would pick up the boxes.

People online quickly denounced the proposal as well.

Trump’s massive reshaping of SNAP would still need to be approved by Congress.

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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