FILE - In this March 23, 2017 file photo, Agriculture Secretary-designate, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue arrives to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington to testify at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. After months of delays, the Senate is expected to confirm Agriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue on Monday, April 24, 2017, with bipartisan support. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Trump’s new budget includes cuts to the nation’s food stamp program known as SNAP.

The new cuts would replace cash to program recipients with “a package of U.S.-grown commodities” like meat, poultry, milk, peanut butter, and cereal,” the Washington Post reports. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney referred to the boxes of food staples as a “Blue Apron-type program.”

The new program is called “USDA America’s Harvest Box” and the program includes canned fruit and vegetables instead of fresh food, which are more expensive.

According to the Washington Post, food stamp recipients who receive $90 or more per month from the current program will be the ones to receive the “Harvest Box.” Half of a recipients benefits would come in the form of food instead of getting cash.

Currently, recipients receive cash benefits on a debit card to purchase their food and other participating retailers. Items that are excluded are tobacco, alcohol, vitamins, and prepared foods.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called the program shift “a bold, innovative approach to providing nutritious food to people who need assistance feeding themselves and their families.”

Trump’s budget proposal also includes cuts to Medicare and Medicaid and Section 8 housing assistance and significant cuts the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget.

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Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns.  Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. He and his wife have lived in Camden County for 17 years, and they have two teenage children. Jeremy and his family live in St. Marys, GA and attend the Harbour Worship Center in Kingsland.

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