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Trump agriculture chief Perdue backs food stamp changes

from Food Dive

The Trump administration wants cuts made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), better known as food stamps. Speaking at the WSJ Global Food Forum, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue criticized the distribution of food stamps to people who are able to work. Congress will make some decisions about the program next year under the reauthorization of the farm bill. The number of Americans receiving SNAP benefits has dropped in recent years, from about 48 million recipients in 2013 to just over 42 million in September 2016. On average, recipients receive a monthly benefit of $125 to use toward the purchase of food. more

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