WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump’s $4.4 trillion budget will make drastic changes to how folks use food stamps, delivering boxes of delicious food to the poor and sending them to the grocery store less.
The food stamp program – now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – has been a target of Republicans for years. Under the President’s new budget – which dramatically increases funding to the military by $74 billion – SNAP funding is sliced by $129.2 billion over the next 10 years.
According to the White House, the Budget proposes a bold new approach to administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that combines traditional SNAP benefits with 100-percent American grown foods provided directly to households and focuses administrative reforms on outcome-based employment strategies. The budget expands on previous SNAP proposals to strengthen expectations for work among able-bodied adults, preserves benefits for those most in need, promotes efficiency in State operations, and improves program integrity. Combined, these reforms would maintain the commitment to ensure Americans in need of assistance have access to a nutritious diet while significantly reducing the cost to taxpayers. Households receiving $90 or more per month in SNAP benefits will receive a portion of their benefits in the form of a USDA Foods package, which would include items such as shelf-stable milk, ready to eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry or fish.
A list of USDA Foods that are available or expected to be made available to participants in the Food Distribution Programs can be viewed here.
The President’s budget would have to be approved by Congress.
In 2018, 43,662,832 Americans were on SNAP benefits, costing on average $136.85 per person each month.