The White House might have a combined I.Q. of a third grade classroom, and even that’s being generous. Apparently, a proposed plan to reduce spending on federal food stamps is one of the “biggest shake-ups” in the 50 years of SNAP.
The plan would deliver a box of canned and dry foods to food stamp recipients, instead of $90 worth of food stamps in a month or more. It’s meant to reduce spending by $214 billion within the next ten years and is even being touted as “America’s Harvest Box” by the USDA.
The Trump administration took it a step further and compared this new system to “Blue Apron,” as if to make it all bougie. The White House’s Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney was the one who made the comparison: “I don’t want to steal somebody’s copyright, but [it’s] a Blue Apron–type program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash.”
Apparently, the boxes are “100 percent American,” but nothing is really fresh. The boxes include: “shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned fruit, vegetables, and meat, poultry, or fish.”
That being said, Americans on food stamps will not be receiving recipes with relevant ingredients in an insulated box. Instead, they can be expecting some boxed mac and cheese and some cans of Spam.
There is no mention of how the boxes would provide for those with dietary restrictions, such as people who eat kosher or diabetics.
The change would affect 81% of Americans, and it already seems like a bad effort. If the United States government failed to provide food-aid to Puerto Rico, it doesn’t look likely that the government can provide monthly boxes of “fresh,” American-made food.
[via Grub Street]