White House Proposes Food Delivery Program For Food Stamp Recipients
In an effort to prevent misappropriation of funds given to food stamp recipients, the Trump administration has proposed a food box delivery service that will deliver pantry essentials to households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamps.
From KCRA: Think of it as Blue Apron for food stamp recipients.
That's how Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration's proposal to replace nearly half of poor Americans' monthly cash benefits with a box of food. It would affect households that receive at least $90 a month in food stamps, or roughly 38 million people.
"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."
WOMAN: “You can’t tell me what to do with my card.”
MAN: “It’s fraud.”
WOMAN: “How is it fraud? Because I went in there and bought all this pop for myself? That’s stereotyping!”
MAN: “What’s your name?”
WOMAN: “My name is ‘***k America.’”
MAN: “Why don’t you go back to where you came from, then?”
WOMAN: “[laughs] Detroit? I was born in Detroit … why don’t you go where you came from? You’re not Native American … you go back to your country … ***k out of here.”
Ahmed Alshami, 37, is charged with criminal possession of public benefit cards, misuse of food stamps and criminal use of a public benefit card for defrauding the welfare system.
Alshami is the owner and operator of IGA Express Mart, a corner deli at 271 Ludington in the City of Buffalo.
According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, between October 9, 2014 and March 21, 2016 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.
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