The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is working to overhaul its $5 billion food stamp system, and the new program, which will see the government help people purchase more nutritious food and more healthful products, is expected to cost $2 billion.
The program, set to take effect in January 2019, is intended to help people get back on their feet after the devastating winter storms that swept through the United States.
“We are working to ensure that people can continue to purchase as many nutritious foods as possible, and that those with disabilities can continue their access to the nutrition they need,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in a press release.
The agency is also looking to cut costs by reducing the amount of paperwork that must be filled out for people who want to buy food stamps.
“The new food stamp programs are designed to encourage Americans to use food stamps to supplement their income while at the same time reducing the cost of the programs by reducing paperwork and the need for additional administrative support,” GottlieB said.
According to a September study from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the Food Stamp Program will cost $3.2 trillion over the next 10 years.
In addition, the government is planning to cut back on the number of people who qualify for SNAP benefits, which are meant to be used to purchase food, groceries, clothing, and other basic needs for people in need.
The budget office estimates that if the new rules go into effect, about 30 million Americans will be ineligible for SNAP by 2021.
However, some people will still qualify for the program if they make less than $2,200 a year and they don’t live in an area that is affected by the storms.
The new rules are expected to lead to an increase in food stamp use, which is projected to increase $300 billion over the coming decade, according to the CBO.
In total, the new changes will cost about $2.6 trillion.
“Our goal is to make the food stamp a universal program,” Gottliew said.
“If we can do that, we can reduce the number who need food stamps, and we can increase the number that get food stamps.”
Some food stamp supporters, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., say that they hope the changes will be good for people and help to stabilize the program.
“I do not believe we can be stable as a nation if millions of Americans are forced to pay more for groceries and housing because we do not have a food program,” Sanders said.
The White House also said that it plans to spend a total of $5.3 billion to overhaul the food stamps program over the course of the next three years, which means that the amount spent on food stamp assistance will increase from $4.9 billion in 2018 to $6.1 billion in 2022.
“This is going to be a major expansion of our food stamp safety net, so we need to make sure that we’re not spending more than we need and we need it now,” said White House Deputy Press Secretary Liz Mair.
The changes are expected, but there are some concerns that the food assistance program could get stuck in the red.
“Currently, the food program is in a lot of trouble because we don’t know how much it will cost, and because we have a lot more uncertainty on how we’re going to pay for the changes,” Mair said.
However , the food and drug safety agency said that if people are eligible for the food help they will be able to purchase the items needed to stay alive, including a basic set of basic hygiene items, and they will not be able use a food stamp to buy things like alcohol or drugs.
The food stamp increase is part of President Trump’s $4 trillion budget proposal.
The plan would cut $300 million from the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the program that administers food stamps and is responsible for coordinating with the USDA.
The cuts, which would come on top of a $500 million cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), are expected during the first few months of the new year.