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Number Of People Receiving Government Food Assistance At Historic High

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The Trump administration is proposing replacing the food-stamp program for low-income families,  with food boxes – filled with government-picked, nonperishable food items. White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney coined the program a “Blue Apron-type program” saying the approach could save the government $129 billion over the next 10 years, though critics say the box contents are reminiscent of wartime rations.  “America’s Harvest Box” would include staples like dried or constituted milk, peanut butter, canned fruits, canned meats, and cereal.  The amount of money low-income families receive as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  would be drastically reduced and the logistics of the proposal were also unclear.  There are questions about how the boxes would be distributed in rural areas and how families with special dietary needs would be accommodated.

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