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Trump Stamps Out SNAP Production for Unfinished Proposal

With the newly proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year, President Donald Trump is attempting to steer America’s hungry population down a road with no pavement, speed limit, or direction.

The newly proposed, “America’s Harvest Box” project, aims to deliver all that a family would need, in terms of nutrition, without the hassle of choosing your food for yourself via food stamps. It seems making America great again means controlling even the most basic of human functions — finding your own food.

By taking that one factor of agency away from the people that might need that freedom the most, Trump is effectively force feeding a nation with these “Harvest Boxes.”

Fiscally, it’s fraught with doublespeak and underlying costs.

Reducing the Department of Agriculture’s budget by nearly 30 percent, or over $200 billion, in the next 10 years, with only four pages of text is reckless. Changing the way people eat their food should take a little longer than a college newspaper’s length to be deemed a considerable amount.

The idea alone seems Orwellian; having a pre-packaged box of food delivered to your doorstep instead of being able to choose for yourself makes the recipients seem like inmates.

Recipients of food stamps have long since adjusted to the workings of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), yet the entire system is up for a rehaul with this new proposal.

While SNAP doesn’t live up to its idealistic standards, it got the job done. One of the problems with SNAP was the restrictions on what families can and can’t buy from certain stores. Things like diapers or other hygienic household supplies seem to be missing from the list of available purchases for these families.

However, that one problem doesn’t require a complete overhaul of a system that’s been helping families survive and thrive. Such families were still able to buy what foods they personally needed, accounting for allergies and certain nutritional needs.

But with the Harvest Box, these particulars are dismissed entirely. Each house will be receiving the same box full of, “shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, ready-to-eat cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables,” according to the USDA.

It seems President Trump’s already assumed detached perception of reality is verified as he sees the over 16 million households to be identical in their diets.

The idea, as quoted by the White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney, is akin to that of the Blue Apron program, whose stocks fell lower than Trump’s approval ratings in 2017, and hasn’t been able to keep a customer longer than 2 years.

With more than 41 million people eligible for the box, this plan needs to get some fine tuning and have some questions answered, like whether or not the shipping costs will be covered, or whether or not it can accommodate food allergies or religious specificities.

Though the nutritional and food security these SNAP recipients have been granted thus far hasn’t been stellar, it still has been working for them.

Seeing as the amount of people receiving SNAP benefits has lessened since 2016 shows that despite controversy, the program is helping those in need of it, and that’s something to be optimistic about.

The administration posits that the change is due in part of the rate of fraud going on with the cards that SNAP recipients use. However, the rate of fraud in these cases is less than 2 percent, or less than $3 billion, according to the USDA.

With no consideration to specifics or attention to the public, these changes are nothing more than the transcribed pontifications of an old, delusional and out-of-touch President.

Thankfully, this proposal is just that, a proposal, and any chance of it actually coming to fruition lays in the hands of Congress, which hopefully has enough sense to see through this feckless idea.

Photo: Salvation Army USA West // Flickr

 

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Celebrity Grub Humor

This Meat Lovers ‘Alternate Facts’ Pizza Claims To Have Zero Calories

It seems like there’s always a restaurant trying to tie themselves to some politically-driven theme. At this point, they’ve gotten super corny and people seem to be tired of hearing about them.

With that said, here’s another politically-charged food concept, as Villa Italian Kitchen created the “Alternate Facts” pizza.

The pizza place claims the pie has zero calories and is loaded with bacon, pepperoni, ham, sausage, house made sauce, and 100% whole-milk mozzarella.

The joke is a play on Kellyanne Conway’s use of the term “alternative facts,” when describing Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s bullshit claims that President Trump drew the largest inauguration crowd. In that same way, Villa’s zero-calorie pizza is bullshit.  Not sure if the name itself is an alternative fact, because they totally used the wrong term, but maybe that’s part of the humor.

I honestly hope this is the last time a restaurant feeds off whatever trendy political meme is going around, but it’s doubtful. And if anything in this article offended you, go eat some Skittles, watch some Netflix, and relax.

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Celebrity Grub Hit-Or-Miss

Unusual Eating Habits Of 10 Incredibly Successful People

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Entrepreneurs and politicians are people, just like us. Sometimes we see them post a photo of In-N-Out or some other fast food spot and we think to ourselves, “Hey, I can relate to that.”

Successful people do have their quirks when it comes to food, however, and some can be the pickiest and most eccentric of eaters.

Unum created an infographic compiling a list of unusual eating habits of some of the most successful people to ever walk the planet, DesignTaxi reports. We find out facts like exactly how much Winston Churchill ate for breakfast every day to Bill Gates’ passion for ‘cheap cheeseburgers’ and spray cheese.

Check out the infographic below.

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Celebrity Grub

Trump’s Advisers Urged Him Not To Tweet His Infamous Taco Salad, He Did It Anyway

No one trusts Donald Trump’s judgment more than Donald Trump, so when he Tweeted out a photo of himself eating a Taco Salad on Cinco de Mayo, he was certain it was a great move that would enhance his political career.

Reports say that Trumps advisers urged him not to Tweet that out, because nothing good could come of it. The Tweet ended up being interpreted as condescending, as he tried to woo “Hispanics” by eating a dish that’s about as Mexican as Taco Bell.

Paul Manafort is the one who tried to stop this message from going out into the world, according to HuffPo, but Trump didn’t seem to care, as he said that he only offended the people that he wanted to offend, whatever that means.

He can’t take back the Tweet, but at the very least, someone can make him some real Mexican food and toss out that ground beef and sour cream-filled garbage.

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Brewery Made A Beer Mocking Donald Trump, Everybody Wins

With all the craziness happening in the elections right now, it comes as a surprise to no one that the candidates will be mocked thoroughly and with no remorse. Some blonde tuft-haired gentleman in particular has done a tremendous job of drawing the ire of the public’s ever-judging eye.

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One brewery in Philadelphia called Dock Street Brewery seems to be at the forefront of this revolution, thanks in part to an entire series of beers made to pay homage to the Republican frontrunner. The series, called “Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Drumpf,” was named after a segment John Oliver did on Last Week Tonight in which he points out that the Trump family’s original name was “Drumpf,” and was changed to something (apparently) more attractive and likable.

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Dock Street Brewery even released a tastefully condescending statement regarding their newest creation and the purpose of it’s existence:

“Is it just us, or does this particular celebridential candidate always sound like he’s had a few too many? In his (dis)honor, Dock Street Brewery is brewing up a series of quaffable reminders to exercise your suffrage, and just dump Drumpf.”

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“Short-Fingered Stout,” is the name of the new beer, paying homage to Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s disparaging comments about Trump’s tiny wittle hands.

If you’re a Philadelphia native, expect the beer to be open to the public within the next couple of weeks.

 

 

via Dock Street Brewery, CBC

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Fast Food

White Castle Offers 7,000 Sliders For $25,000

white-castleDonald Trump offered to donate $5 million to any charity of President Obama’s choice in return for his passport, college applications and transcripts. Apparently Donald Trump wasn’t aware that White Castle is offering 7,000 sliders for $25,000 that will benefit autism research