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The government is taking the idea of food subscriptions like Blue Apron and putting its own twist on it. When Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the transformation of the food stamp program, it appeared to be quite similar to delivery programs like Blue Apron.
“USDA America’s Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families — and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participants currently receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers.”
The new Harvest Box would affect households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamps, reports CNN Money. Instead of receiving all of the money on their preloaded debit card, households would have a box of food with items like as shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish and canned fruits and vegetables. Families would have to pick it up; the box would be valued at about half of the SNAP recipient’s monthly benefit, said CNN Money. The remainder of their benefits would be available on the debit card.
The Trump administration says it would save $130 billion over 10 years and reduce the possibility of fraud.
Oh fuck off Trump!! What about Turtleboy? What about food stamp Fridays? Did you even think about the effect this trickle down ghettonomics would have on the little man? What are we supposed to do now? Powdered Milk Mondays? Tunafish Tuesdays? White rice Wednesdays? Those all suck.
In all seriousness though, who would disagree with this? You still get half the points on your card, and instead of letting people waste our tax dollars on steaks and lobster it will at least guarantee that our tax dollars are actually paying for healthy meals for people in need. Who would ever have a problem with people in need getting free meals?
“However, critics question the possibility of the proposed savings and are concerned over families not knowing in advance of what they would receive or having difficulty picking it up if they don’t have a car.”
Oh for fuck’s sake. There is simply no end to the excuses. If you can’t figure out how to get to the store and get your box full of taxpayer funded food, then you don’t deserve taxpayer funded food.
But of course the fact of the matter is that anyone who opposes this WANTS food stamp fraud. They want people to treat food stamps like a lifestyle, instead of using it as the crutch to self sufficiency that it was intended to be. That way they can keep them tracked in cycles of poverty and throw free shit at them in exchange for votes.
So what now? There has to be a way around this. If and when this program comes to fruition I give it no less than a month before we see one of these Harvest Boxes on a Haverhill yard sale page or the Brockton Hub.