A new Rasmussen poll released on Friday revealed that nearly half of Americans support President Donald Trump’s changes to the America’s food stamp program.
Trump proposed shifting at least half of American food stamp’s monthly benefit from a monetary stipend to a box of healthy, American-grown food.
Under Trump’s proposal, Americans receiving food stamps would receive a monthly box of shelf-stable food, which can include pasta, cereal, canned produce, milk, etc.
Forty-nine percent of American adults favor the changes to the food stamp program, while 36 percent oppose the idea, and 15 remain undecided.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney described the Trump administration’s “Harvest Box” proposal as a “Blue Apron-style program” whereby recipients receive food instead of cash vouchers.
The White House estimates that 16.4 million households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or about 81 percent of SNAP enrollees, would be affected by this policy.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in a statement, “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.”
Perdue added, “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.”