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Oh, SNAP! Trump wants to replace food stamps with food boxes

Oh, SNAP! Trump wants to replace food stamps with food boxes

Get big government off our backs … and into our stomachs.
That’s the sentiment behind President Donald Trump’s proposal to slash food stamp funding and partially replace the program with deliveries of food boxes to the homes of struggling Americans.
Critics of the plan have likened it to a low-rent Blue Apron, the high-end meal delivery service, but run by big government.
Trump’s massive tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations blew a hole in the budget, so in his budget unveiled earlier this week, he proposes to make up the difference by slashing programs such as food stamps, Medicare and Medicaid that benefit struggling Americans.
The hypocrisy behind the plan is so rank you need to wear a nose clip: Small government conservatives letting big government determine what people eat?
In Michigan, the average Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamp) recipient gets about $122 a month.
Small potatoes considering that Trump’s proposing a $4.4 trillion budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
We’ve got bigger whales to fry.
America, we’re better than this.
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Trump’s ‘Blue Apron’-type plan is crumbs to the poor

Trump’s ‘Blue Apron’-type plan is crumbs to the poor

(CNN)According to the Trump administration, the poor could really use a meal-kit service like Blue Apron.
The Trump budget is fundamentally about shredding the already-flimsy American social safety net that is intended to help the poor.
And so we have the Trump proposal of an “American Harvest Box,” which is nothing akin to Blue Apron.
And unlike Blue Apron, where consumers get to choose their meals, the Trump plan would simply send poor people a sad box of bland, repetitive basics.
Currently, SNAP benefits are loaded onto a card, and recipients can decide for themselves what to purchase.
Now, the government would do much of the deciding.
And it means a holistic look at what drives less-than-ideal food choices.
And then there is the simple fact that junk food is one indulgence low-income parents can offer. “Next to all the things poor parents truly couldn’t afford, junk food was something they could often say ‘yes’ to,” Priya Fielding-Singh, a Stanford doctoral candidate, wrote in the Los Angeles Times.
Instead, Trump, who reportedly enjoys treating himself to an extra scoop of ice cream after dinner every night, proposes cutting billions in social support and health care, and delivering sad boxes of cereal and canned meat.

The real story of food stamps

The real story of food stamps

President Donald Trump wants to radically overhaul a critical safety net program that covers more than 42 million people — or roughly one in eight Americans.
They argue that the program is too large and rife with fraud.
How many people receive them?
More than 42.2 million Americans participated in the food stamp program last year.
What’s the average monthly benefit?
Food stamps often don’t cover an entire month’s worth of food, but the program was always meant to be used as a supplement to a family’s budget.
What can’t recipients buy?
Are recipients required to work?
Adults without minor children can only receive benefits for three months out of every 36-month period, unless they are working or participating in training programs 20 hours a week.
The Trump administration’s budget calls for requiring more people to work, in part by limiting states’ use of waivers.

White House wants to deliver food to the poor, Blue Apron-style

White House wants to deliver food to the poor, Blue Apron-style

Think of it as Blue Apron for food stamp recipients. “USDA America’s Harvest Box is a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families — and all of it is homegrown by American farmers and producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in a statement. “It maintains the same level of food value as SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] participants currently receive, provides states flexibility in administering the program, and is responsible to the taxpayers.”
Part of the president’s fiscal 2019 budget blueprint, the idea immediately sparked concerns and questions among consumer advocates and food retailers.
They feared it would upend a much-needed benefit for more than 80% of those in the program.
Here’s how it would work: Instead of receiving all their food stamp funds, households would get a box of food that the government describes as nutritious and 100% grown and produced in the U.S.
The box would be valued at about half of the SNAP recipient’s monthly benefit.
The administration didn’t detail exactly how families would receive the food boxes, saying states could distribute them through existing infrastructure, partnerships or directly to residences through delivery services.
The proposal would save nearly $130 billion over 10 years, as well as improve the nutritional value of the program and reduce the potential for fraud, according to the administration.
Plus, it could be difficult for families to pick up the box, especially if they don’t have a car.

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stock Benchmarks Set To Add To Losses As North Korean Tensions Simmer

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stock Benchmarks Set To Add To Losses As North Korean Tensions Simmer

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stock Benchmarks Set To Add To Losses As North Korean Tensions Simmer.
Blue Apron shares tumble after reporting results U.S. stock-index futures looked set to add to losses on Thursday as tensions between the U.S. and North Korea remained elevated.
Dow Jones Industrial Average futures fell 48 points, or 0.2%, to 21,970, while S&P 500 futures dropped 9.50 points, or 0.4%, to 2,463.50.
Meanwhile, traders absorbed a report on jobless claims (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-jobless-claims-rise-by-3000-to-244000-2017-08-10) that showed that initial claims for U.S. unemployment-insurance benefits continue to reflect a strong labor market, even as they inched slightly higher.
The number of people who applied for U.S. unemployment-insurance benefits rose by 3,000 to 244,000 in the week that ended August 5, the Labor Department reported.
Meanwhile, U.S. wholesale prices (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-wholesale-inflation-fall-01-in-july-first-decline-in-almost-a-year-2017-08-10) declined in July for the first time in almost a year, providing additional evidence of tepid inflation that is bedeviling the Federal Reserve.
Opinion:Time is running out to avoid war with North Korea (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/time-is-running-out-to-avoid-war-with-north-korea-2017-08-09) On Wednesday, the Dow closed down 0.2% at 22,048.70, the S&P 500 closed less than 0.1% lower at 2,474.02, and the Nasdaq Composite Index dropped 0.3% to 6,352.33.
The geopolitical tension continued Thursday, after a North Korean army commander said, “Sound dialogue is not possible” with Trump and “only absolute force can work on him,” according to state media.
Economic docket: Data on tap includes weekly jobless claims at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time, with producer prices for July coming at the same time.
Shares of Kohl’s (KSS) declined 1.3% after an earnings beat (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/kohls-stock-jumps-premarket-after-earnings-beat-2017-08-10).