The groups also say the plan would take hundreds of millions of dollars away from the local economy, because SNAP users will be forced to spend less at grocery stores.More news: CI Global Investments Inc. Has $218.90 Million Stake in Microsoft Co. (MSFT)
Families who would get the box of food would be ones who now get at least $90 a month.
"As we understand the proposal in the president's budget to create a USDA commodity foods box of staples, each of these achievements would be lost", Hatcher said.
And some of the foods may be off-limits to recipients for health or religious reasons, she said.
"It's going to be a hard decision with people making a decision on my food", Burke said.More news: USA healthcare spending to rise 5.3% in 2018
The budget is just in its proposal stage so it still needs to be debated at the federal level before it becomes a reality.
The new approach to SNAP benefits combines traditional Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards with a "Harvest Box", which the budget proposal describes as "100-percent American grown foods provided directly to households". The administration wants states to focus on long-term employment for SNAP participants to get them off of the benefit. According to the summary of the proposal that has been issued by the Department of Agriculture suggested that the boxes would replace about 50% of the cash benefits under the current food stamp program. There's an ongoing debate about what SNAP recipients should and should not be allowed to buy.
While the Trump Administration expects the program to save states close to $2.5 billion annually Amanda Tabin from the Marathon County Hunger Coalition believes any funding cuts to the program could leave residents without food.More news: Here's the list of India's top 5 smartphone players
The idea is to scale back food stamps and replace them with a food delivery program.