President Donald Trump's administration has proposed drastic changes this week to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, colloquially known as food stamps.
Andrew Lemmon, program director at Society of St. Andrew, said about 600,000 Mississippians are food insecure and often have to make tough decisions on whether to buy food or other expenses.
Trump's proposal also would cut SNAP by $17.2 billion nationwide next year. A spokesperson with the organization tells KGUN9 SNAP is the very program that so many families in Southern Arizona count on for food to get them through a hard time, and to help stretch food budgets until a payday.
"Stacy Dean, vice president for food assistance policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said the proposed cuts to SNAP account for almost 30 percent of the program".
No fresh fruits or vegetables were listed among the items in the stable of foods that potentially would be sent to recipients, nor was there any indication of accommodations for health, cultural, religious or regional concerns.
"SNAP is most successful government program we have today", said Craig Gundersun, a professor of agriculture and economics at the University of IL who has studied SNAP for the past twenty years.
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"It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers", Perdue said in a Department of Agriculture summary. "It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP participants now receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers", Perdue said in a statement. "Imagine someone leaving prison with a felony conviction on their record; they might find it more hard to find steady employment than someone else". States can distribute these boxes through existing infrastructure, partnerships, and/or directly to residences through commercial and/or retail delivery services.
The new program is called "America's Harvest Box".
The USDA says if this program is approved, it could save the federal government more than 100 billion dollars in the next 10 years.
A spokesperson with Florida's Department of Children and Families (DCF) confirmed with Breitbart News that the agency "has not received" any specific information about what the USDA guidelines for things like dietary restrictions would be for state agencies dealing with SNAP. Also, they were concerned that families would not know what food they would get in advance nor have any choice regarding what they receive.
A spokeswoman for House agriculture committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said the committee has held 21 hearings and invited 80 experts to speak about SNAP in its preparations of the forthcoming farm bill, and the idea of a food box was not once discussed.
Congress largely ignored Trump's proposed budget for SNAP previous year, when he wanted to cut the funding by a quarter. "You now you want to be able to go to the store and buy anything you want to eat for you and your familly", Davis said.