[Ed. – Leftists predictably horrified. But given all the soda, chips, and ice cream I see people buying with their CalFRESH cards here (i.e., SNAP/EBT, federally funded but renamed as administered by California), doing it this way would certainly encourage a better diet. Bottom line: it’s welfare. You should not, in fact, be simply given more cash to spend however you want.]
The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps.
White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney … said the administration’s plan would not only save the government money, but also provide people with more nutritious food than they have now.
The proposal, buried in the White House’s fiscal 2019 budget, would replace about half of the money most families receive via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, with what the Department of Agriculture is calling “America’s Harvest Box.” That package would be made up of “100 percent U.S. grown and produced food” and would include items like shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned fruits and meats, and cereal.