(AL.com) — Food stamp benefits would be reduced and replaced with home-delivered boxes of items such as juice, pasta, canned meat and beans under President Trump's 2019 budget proposal.
As many as 17 million low-income households receive SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Under the terms of the proposal, food boxes would go to households qualifying for more than $90 in food stamps, almost 90 percent of SNAP recipients. The food boxes would replace about half the current program's cash benefits, saving the U.S. Department of Agriculture some $129 over the next decade.
The remaining benefits would be issued via the traditional benefits card.
The food box would contain shelf-stable milk, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, and canned foods.
Other cuts to SNAP programs include:
► Require states to limit food assistant for people not working at least 20 hours a week.
► Institute a three-month SNAP time limit for unemployed adults who aren't disabled or raising minor children for people up to age 62, versus the current limit of age 49.
► Cap SNAP benefits at the level of a household of six.