Trump Budget Would Swap Food Stamps With "100% American Grown Food"Chris Menahan
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President Trump's new budget proposes reducing EBT card (food stamps) payments and swapping in "100 percent American grown food" boxes distributed directly to recipients.
In what would be one of the biggest shakeups of the†U.S. food-stamp program in its five-decade history, President Donald Trump is proposing to slash cash payments and substitute them with "100 percent American grown food" given to recipients.
The plan is part of an effort to reform SNAP and save a projected $214 billion over a decade. It would give all households receiving more than $90 a month in cash a food-aid package that 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," according to the proposal.This would help greatly to cut down on fraud. As it is now, criminals frequently buy other people's EBT food stamp cards and use them to stock their stores.
WKBW explained how the scam was run back in 2016:
According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, between October 9, 2014 and March 21, 2016 [Buffalo deli owner Ahmed Alshami] is accused of buying EBT (food stamp) cards from people willing to trade them for cash. He usually paid people half of what the cards are worth.This is huge problem.
Giving people a choice of actual food options would allow people to have access to a relatively healthy range of foods in so-called "food deserts," help American food manufacturers and farmers, and cut down on fraud.
This is a win-win-win for taxpayers, welfare recipients and American businesses.
The only losers are scam-artists.
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