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Food bank asks for donations to prepare for possible SNAP cuts

17 February 2018

The food inside the box would be US -grown "shelf-stable foods, such as milk, juice, grains, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables", according to the agency. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney compared the package program to meal-delivery companies like Blue Apron. The USDA said such a change would save $129.2 billion over 10 years.

The New Hanover County Department of Social Services said it is aware of the proposal and is looking to the state for guidance about what this change could mean for people locally.

"My oldest child is a type one diabetic, so are y'all considering her needs for that?"

Consumer advocates, however, questioned whether the federal government could save that much money by purchasing and distributing food on its own. She said the boxes would either need to be supplied at centralized distribution points, "and how do we get people there", or they would need to be delivered to homes securely.

He says SNAP is efficient because it is a "free market model" that lets recipients shop at stores for their benefits.

"Many people are concerned about how this idea could be implemented", Waide said.

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That program helps feed seniors in need in our area.

He also questions WHERE the food would be send if you're homeless. According to CNN, the change would affect about 38 million people.

As of today, those Americans who are under the SNAP program have the right to make a decision on what to spend the cash on whenever they are doing some shopping in a verified retail store. "And the reason for that is those affordable food items tend to starches and high carbs, and things that are really nutritional or healthy for their families", said Rambo. 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".

Under the proposal, recipients would lose most of their ability to choose the food they buy with their benefits.

"It's nearly like a prescription", he said.

The program accomplishes what it sets out to do: recipients of SNAP report less food insecurity. "They don't want to be on that threshold".

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USDA spokesperson Jake Wilkins wrote in an email that it seemed that "many reporters do not understand the proposal we have offered", and pointed out that Mulvaney never explicitly stated that America's Harvest box has to be delivered.

Although Pentagon officials have not yet commented on the proposed cut, in the past they noted that such cuts would hit troops hard, and that they would look to mitigate any impact on families were the cuts to be approved by Congress.

Jason Kaplan, a spokesman for Sen.

Crystal Seiz, who uses the services at Horizon's Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, said taking away that choice would hurt families in need.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Sen.

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Food bank asks for donations to prepare for possible SNAP cuts