60 Questions about Trump’s Food Stamps Harvest Box

If you are currently on food stamps, you may have heard about President Trump’s Food Stamps Harvest Box – his latest idea that is included in the 2019 budget. The plan will cut the money food stamps beneficiaries get on a monthly basis and instead mail each recipient a government food box called “Harvest Box”. This essentially takes away your ability to buy your own food, and instead the federal government is going to send you a box each month containing food they think is nutritious that you should eat. The box will include, among other things, canned fruits and vegetables, versus the current program that allows you to buy fresh produce at the grocery store or farmers market.

"60 Questions about Trump's Food Stamps Harvest Box"

We have so many questions about how this program is going to work. Luckily, people who write about this for a living are also asking questions. Here is a list of over 60 important questions that Atlantic Magazine Economic Policy writer, Annie Lowrey posted on twitter about Trumps Harvest Box idea.

60 Questions about Trump’s Food Stamps Harvest Box

1. What if you don’t receive your box one month?
2. What if you’re homeless?
3. What if you don’t have a place to receive mail?
4. What if you move frequently?
5. What if you have allergies?
6. What if the box gets wet, or animals get into it?
7. What if your kid is a fussy eater?
8. What if you’re a fussy eater?
9. What about the end of the month?
10. Will the value be the same?
11. What about the stores in your town?
12. What about fresh fruits and veggies?
13. What if you don’t have electricity or gas to cook?
14. Why?
15. No, really, why? What problem does this solve?
16. Is the value of the box the same as the value of the SNAP?
17. Okay, but isn’t the value of the box lower, given fungibility and all that?
18. Did folks on SNAP ask for this?
19. Did anti-hunger advocates?
20. Schools? Parents? Kids themselves? Social workers? Businesses? Grocery stores?
21. Do you have studies showing that such boxes would actually reduce hunger?
22. At what cost?
23. Any studies showing it’s more cost-effective than SNAP?
24. What about the cost of unwinding SNAP, as-is?
25. What about the time-cost of switching over, for low-income families?
26. Who makes the boxes?
27. Who decides what goes in the boxes?
28. What about packaging waste?
29. What’s the overhead cost?
30. What role do states have in SNAP?
31. Should states be able to opt out?
32. Should families be able to opt out?
33. Any pilots of this program? Anywhere?
34. Have you looked at studies of ration systems?
35. What’s more important: cost or calories?
36. Are you going to aim for a calorie count?
37. Any sense of the direct impact on nutrition?
38. Any doctors consulted on the nutrition impact?
39. Anything else in the box other than food?
40. Do poor folks deserve to get to choose their own food?
41. Do folks receiving government assistance deserve to get to choose their own food?
42. Should kids with poor parents be made more aware of their poverty?
43. How about their classmates?
44. Should there be religious exemptions?
45. How about cultural exemptions? Should all people have to eat the same food?
46. Should the boxes be the same regionally? What about location-based cost differentials?
47. Have you tried a box yourself?
48. What if you’re in an abusive relationship? Can you just get SNAP then, so it is easier to leave?
49. What about vegetarians and vegans? What about folks on a diet?
50. What about kids with medically prescribed diets?
51. Do you get a dollar value per kid, or a calorie value?
52. More calories for older kids?
53. Does the box change based on family composition?
54. Won’t this food be similar to what’s offered at food banks? Does that matter?
55. Will companies be able to lobby to change the contents of the boxes?
56. Will the government accept free food from companies?
57. Will the government put food samples in the boxes?
58. How often will the government re-evaluate the food and calorie counts?
59. What happens during hurricanes? Snowstorms?
60. What happens if shipping costs go up?
61. Will you provide more food during school vacations?
62. Should folks in remote areas get more food? Folks in high-cost areas?

If you have other questions about Trump’s Food Stamps Harvest Box, please post them in the comments section below. We want to hear form as many food stamps beneficiaries as possible on this program, which if implemented, will drastically change the SNAP program and the amount of money recipients will get each month.

Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps With Harvest Box

President Trump’s new budget proposal includes major cuts to the food stamp program, (also known as SNAP). The president wants to cut the amount of money food stamps recipients get on a monthly basis and replace that with what the administration is calling a “USDA America’s Harvest Box”. The harvest box will be delivered on a monthly basis to food stamps recipients and will contain U.S.-grown commodities like meat, poultry, milk, peanut butter, cereal, and CANNED fruits and vegetables. This is essentially ready-to-eat meal kits.

"Trump Wants to Replace Food Stamps With Harvest Box"

Here is how the plan will work: Anyone receiving $90 or more a month (which is over 80 percent of all SNAP recipients) in food stamps benefits will get half of their monthly food stamps money in form of the Harvest Box, rather than cash to buy their own food as it’s currently set up. This completely takes away a food stamp recipient’s ability to buy their own food or decide what food they want to buy. Instead, the government will send you a package of food they think is nutritious that you should be eating.

Currently, food stamps recipients get money loaded onto an EBT card and they can use it buy what they want as long as they buy food that is on the approved food stamps list. This program will completely change that. This is part of an effort by the Trump administration to slash the budget for the food stamps program. The administration says by delivering harvest boxes to food stamps recipients, they will save $129 billion over the next 10 years. The administration’s overall goal is to reduce the SNAP budget by $213 billion over those years, which will cut the program by almost 30 percent.

There are currently about 44 million people on food stamps, which cost the government $70.9 billion in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of the people on food stamps were under 18, over 60 or disabled, according to the USDA. The average person receives $125.79 a month, or $4.20 a day.

Are you currently receiving food stamps? What are your thoughts on Trump’s idea to cut food stamps and replace that with the government mailed harvest box? What do you think about the fact that the harvest box contains canned fruits and vegetables, versus your current ability to buy fresh produce at the grocery store?

Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Recipients

Amazon has announced that customers that are enrolled in some government assistance programs can now get Amazon Prime subscriptions for $5.99 a month. EBT Cardholders are included in this offer. This means that if you are currently receiving benefits on an EBT card, like Food Stamps, you can sign up for Amazon Prime discount for EBT holders.

"Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Recipients"

What Does This Mean for EBT Card Holders?

This means that you can now get Amazon Prime subscription at almost half the normal rate. This allows you to be able to buy food online through Amazon Fresh and have it delivered to you. In addition, by being an Amazon Prime member, you can now take advantage of all the great benefits that come with prime membership. These include:

FREE, Fast Delivery on Millions of Items

With Amazon prime membership, you get fast, free shipping on over 50 million eligible items on Amazon.com. They have also rolled out a program recently that allows people who live in certain metropolitan areas to get FREE Same-Day Delivery on over a million items and FREE 2-hour delivery with Prime Now on daily essentials and groceries.

Instantly Stream TV Shows and Movies

One of the most popular features of is the instant streaming of TV Shows and Movies. Your Prime membership includes instant access to thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost. You can stream all these on select Smart TVs, Roku, Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, iPhones, tablets, and Android devices.

Other Benefits of Amazon Prime

  • Over two million songs. Thousands of playlists and stations (On-demand, ad-free music streaming)
  • Books, Magazines & More (Unlimited reading on any device)
  • Original audio series from Audible (Unlimited listening to original audio series)
  • Twitch Prime (Get free game content every month, exclusive discounts, plus loads more)
  • All your photos, together at last (Free unlimited photo storage)

Sign up for Amazon Prime Discount for EBT Holders

To sign up for the Amazon Prime EBT Discount, click here to be taken to their sign-up page. Once you are there, you can join Amazon Prime at the discounted rate of $5.99 a month. You will have to show that you are an EBT Cardholder in order to be approved for the discount.

The video below from CNBC talk more about the announcement from Amazon.com and the benefits EBT holders stand to gain by signing up for the Prime Membership Discount to EBT Recipients.

There is more. Amazon recently launched Amazon Prime Now.This is a benfit that only Prime members get. Prime now offers FREE two-hour delivery on tens of thousands of items through the Amazon Prime Now app. Those who want even faster shipping can select One-hour delivery for just $7.99. As mentioned, this is exclusively for Amazon Prime Members. The Prime Now program is available seven days a week in select cities. The video below explains more:

If you have any questions on how to sign up for the Amazon Prime Discount for EBT cardholders, let us know in the comments section below.

The 50 Gas Stations that accept EBT Cash/Food Stamps

One of the questions we often get from our readers is whether you can use EBT Cash at gas stations. We will answer that question below and provide you with the list of over 50 gas stations that accept EBT Cash and food stamps. We will also review the list of items you are allowed to buy with your EBT card at gas stations.

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Can You Use EBT/Food Stamps at Gas Stations?

To answer this question, we first have to review the list of items you are allowed to buy with your EBT Card. We have a detailed article here on approved items on the food stamps list, but here is a summary of the items you are allowed to buy with your EBT Card:

Breads and Cereals
Fruits and Vegetables
Meats, Fish and Poultry
Dairy Products.
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

So, the answer to the question is YES, you can use your EBT card at gas stations, as long as you are purchasing items on the approved list. However, since most gas stations have convenience stores that sell bread, milk, dairy products and more, you are allowed to use your EBT Card at gas stations to purchase these items.

What you CANNOT buy with EBT Cash
You are not allowed to use your EBT card to buy the following items, including at gas stations:

Gas
Alcohol
Cigarettes
Lottery tickets
Pet food
Toiletries
Vitamins
Medicine
Foods that will be eaten in the store
Hot foods

List of Gas Stations that accept EBT Cash

Below is the list of over 50 gas stations that accept EBT. Before you attempt to use your EBT at a gas station, call the particular gas station you are trying to go to and make sure they accept EBT since some franchise locations may not accept EBT. Click on the gas station you would like to visit below and you will be taken to a store locator page to help you find the nearest location.

We hope this list was helpful. If you know of other gas stations that accept ebt cash, let us know in the comments section below. We want to provide our readers with the most comprehensive list as possible.

Food Stamp List of Approved Items

If you are currently receiving food stamps or are applying for food stamps, it’s important to become familiar with what you can and cannot buy using your EBT Card. There is a food stamp list of approved items that is created by the United States Department of Agriculture that shows what you are allowed to buy with your food stamps. Using your EBT card to buy food that is not on the approved list can get you in serious trouble, including possible jail time if you are caught and prosecuted. In this article, we will walk you through the food stamp list and what you can and cannot buy using your food stamps card. To begin, we are going to first address what you CANNOT buy with your EBT card:

"Food Stamp List of Approved Items"

What you CANNOT buy with Food Stamps

The items listed below are prohibited from being purchased using your food stamps money:

Alcohol
Cigarettes
Lottery tickets
Pet food
Toiletries
Vitamins
Medicine
Foods that will be eaten in the store
Hot foods

We have received questions about other products that people want to know about and have answered those questions in this article, including questions about Diapers, Energy Drinks, Coffee, Sea Food, Steak, Deli food and more.

Eligible Food Stamp List

You can use your card to buy foods you are going to take home to prepare and eat. This includes:

Breads and Cereals
Fruits and Vegetables
Meats, Fish and Poultry
Dairy Products.
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

How to Stretch your EBT Money

Lots of our readers complain about how much they run out of food stamps money before the month is over and how sometimes, the money does not even make it to the middle of the month. If you are one of those people, there is something you can do about it. The video below shows how one food stamps recipient has found great ways to stretch her EBT dollars for her family by shopping smart and knowing what to buy and which brands to focus on. Watch the video below to learn her secrets to stretching her food stamps dollars.

Here is a list of other articles about food stamps you may be interested in. Some of them are answers to questions from our readers:

List of Grocery Stores that Accept EBT
Does Whole Foods Accept EBT Food Stamps?
Can you Buy Pet Food with Food Stamps
Can You Use Food Stamps on Amazon?

We hope you found this Food Stamp List of Approved Items article helpful. Remember that food stamp is about helping you buy food you can prepare at home for you and your family. The United States Department of Agriculture, which manages the program always likes to stress that the program is about helping people in need of food assistance purchase nutritious food.

When in doubt about whether a particular item is approved or not, remember to ask yourself if this food item is to be taken home and prepared or is it already prepared and ready to be eaten. If you have any questions about shipping at whole foods with EBT or WIC or any questions about food stamps in general, please tell us in the comments section below.

Does Whole Foods take EBT?

In this post, we are going to answer the following question: Does Whole Foods take EBT? If you are not familiar with Whole Foods, here is a brief description of this grocery chain known for high-quality foods. Whole foods, which was recently purchased by Amazon.com is an American supermarket chain that is known for selling foods that are without artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated fats. This means that Whole Foods is focused on selling foods that are of the best quality – and with their recent purchase by Amazon, they are also working hard to make their food prices the most affordable. That’s why we have received lots of questions from our readers about Whole Foods. The grocery chain currently has about 400 physical locations. To find out whether your local Whole Foods accepts EBT cards, keep reading below.

"Does Whole Foods take EBT?"

Does Whole Foods take EBT?

The answer to the question you’ve been waiting for is – Yes, whole foods does accept EBT at their stores as a form of payment at all locations. You can use your EBT to buy food at Whole Foods, as long as they are on the list of approved foods that are allowed under the food stamps program. Not all foods are allowed. Here is what you CANNOT buy at whole foods with your EBT Card:

You are not allowed by food stamps list to use your EBT Card at the following departments at Whole Foods:

Beer department
Flower/floral department
Pets department
Wine department
Whole Body department

This means that the following items are also not allowed:

Alcohol
Cigarettes
Lottery tickets
Pet food
Toiletries
Vitamins
Medicine
Foods that will be eaten in the store
Hot foods

What you can buy with EBT at Whole Foods

Below is a list of what you can buy with your EBT Card at whole foods:

"Does Whole Foods take WIC?"

You can buy foods you are going to take home to prepare and eat. This includes:

Breads and Cereals
Fruits and Vegetables
Meats, Fish and Poultry
Dairy Products.
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Can you use WIC at Whole Foods?

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal assistance program for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five. Currently, WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the United States. If you currently have WIC and want to know if you can use your card at Whole Foods, the answer is a bit complicated. Because WIC has specific requirements on what foods you can buy and what brands are allowed, it’s very tough to find foods at whole foods that meet those requirements. You will, therefore, have to check with your local Whole Foods to see if they accept WIC and what products you are allowed to buy there under the WIC program. To find a Whole Foods near you or to call them, click here. However, generally, you can buy the following foods at Whole Foods with WIC if they meet the USDA guidelines that are listed here.

Foods you can buy at Whole Foods with WIC

Baby food
Canned fish
Cereals
Cheese
Eggs
Fruits
Infant formula
Juice
Milk
Peanut butter
Vegetables
Whole grain foods

How to Stretch your EBT Money

Are you struggling to make ends meet? Is your EBT money running out before the month is over? Watch this video to learn tips on how you can shop smart with your EBT Card and get the most food for you and your family with your EBT Food Stamps card. The EBT card holder featured in the video below has figured out ways to buy more food with her EBT money. Click to watch.

We hope you found this article that answered the question “Does Whole Foods take EBT?” helpful. Whole foods take EBT but you have to make sure you buy foods that are approved. If you have any questions about shipping at whole foods with EBT or WIC or any questions about food stamps in general, please tell us in the comments section below.

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