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The Trump administration's budget proposal would cut $213 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade and instead send low-income families boxes of canned goods. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has operated in roughly the same manner for 40 years; the Agriculture Department (USDA) distributes paper coupons, virtual disbursements or payment cards that allow recipients to buy food at local grocery stores or restaurants. The new program would send recipients boxes filled with shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans and canned meat, fruits and vegetables, but no fresh food. During a briefing on Monday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney compared the new program - known as the USDA America’s Harvest Box - to Blue Apron, the meal kit delivery service. Some commentators took issue with the comparison, as SNAP meals typically cost around $1.37 each, while a Blue Apron kit retails at $10 or higher. As well, Blue Apron kits contain fresh fruit, meat and vegetables. – WAPO