The White House wants to cut costs and calories for low-income Americans.
On Monday, President Donald Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, touted a proposal that would scrap food stamps and replace them with boxes of non-perishable food items selected by the federal government, Politico reported.
Mulvaney compared the idea to Blue Apron, a start-up food delivery company:
What we do is propose that for folks who are on food stamps, part — not all, part — of their benefits come in the actual sort of, and I don’t want to steal somebody’s copyright, but a Blue Apron-type program where you actually receive the food instead of receive the cash.
It lowers the cost to us because we can buy [at wholesale prices] whereas they have to buy it at retail. It also makes sure they’re getting nutritious food. So we’re pretty excited about that.
The plan has been dubbed “America’s Harvest Box” by the Department of Agriculture. Each box would include frequently used items like shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, canned meats and fruits, and cereal.