USDA talks meal kits with food retailers

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USDA talks meal kits with food retailers

By Gina Acosta - 02/26/2018
The food stamp program served 42.2 million people and 20.9 million households on average during the 2017 fiscal year.

The Agriculture Department has begun talking with food retailers about their potential role in a proposal to replace some food-stamp allocations with prepackaged boxes of groceries.

According to Bloomberg, Secretary Sonny Perdue said the USDA has "some ideas on how our retailer community could participate. Rather than dismiss this out of hand, let’s discuss how it can be improved.”

The proposal, included in President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget, would replace some food stamps with boxes of food called Harvest Boxes.

Perdue didn’t name any specific grocers contacted by USDA.

Read more about the Harvest Box plan here.