Trump’s Blue Apron-style food boxes for the poor could slash spending at Walmart and dollar stores

  • The Trump administration is proposing to replace cash benefits for food with boxed groceries, which would reduce low-income families’ food spending.
  • The proposal would impact more than 16 million people — or roughly 81% of those receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, according to the Department of Agriculture.
  • Walmart, the largest grocer in the US, could feel the biggest impact. About 18% of all food stamps were redeemed at Walmart in 2013, which is the latest year that the company disclosed that figure. 

The Trump administration wants to reduce the amount of cash it pays in food stamp benefits to low-income families, and send them boxes of food instead.

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