But under the Trump proposal, which USDA has dubbed “America’s Harvest Box,” all households receiving more than $90 per month in benefits – 81 percent of SNAP households overall – would begin receiving roughly half of their benefits in the form of government-purchased, non-perishable food items.
Those foods would include shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables, according to USDA. The department estimates that it could supply these goods at roughly half the cost of retail, slashing the cost of SNAP while still feeding the hungry.
It is this program that Mulvaney likened to meal-kit delivery service Blue Apron – whose shipments typically include fresh fish, meat and produce – earning the derision of some on social media. A spokeswoman for Blue Apron could not immediately be reached for comment.
“Hearing that the Trump Admin is selling this as the ‘Blue Apron-ing’ of SNAP. Um, no,” tweeted Chad Bolt, a senior policy manager at the progressive group Indivisible.
“With Blue Apron, you get to pick your meals and decide when they come. And it gives you all the ingredients you need to complete it,” echoed New York Times op-ed writer Bryce Covert. “Under Trump’s plan, the government decides what you get and when you get it.”