SNAP program could encounter drastic changes - FOX34 Lubbock

SNAP program could encounter drastic changes

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The trump administration is proposing drastic changes to the food stamp program. The supplemental nutritional assistance program or SNAP a big target for lawmakers trying to push welfare and domestic spending reform. Under the new proposal beneficiaries would lose the ability to choose what food they buy and would get half their benefits in the form of a food box.

"I think the most controversial part of it was the idea of purchasing food boxes and making that available to SNAP clients," said David Weaver, CEO of the South Plains Food Bank. "The model that is in the administrations proposal would take away that choice and there are some concerns there."  

The current program allows users to pick and choose their groceries using a government debit card. The proposal could face some logistical challenges. 

"I think it would be coming up with a balance of food that really serves the nutritional needs of the families," said Weaver. "In some ways it would reduce cost, but in other ways it would increase just the logistical cost of getting food purchased and into those food boxes and getting them distributed to 42 million people." 

The USDA suggests state governments could deliver this food at much less cost than what SNAP recipients pay at a grocery store, that could save about $129 billion over ten years. A new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports indicated that 49% of American adults favor president Trumps plan to subsidize the SNAP program. This new proposal is included in the Trump administration budget request for the 2019 fiscal year, but that will require congressional approval. 


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