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On a sunny Saturday morning, Samantha Wilmot helped a customer pick a fresh cantaloupe the best way she knows how, by smell. Satisfied, she accepted a few dollar bills from the man who stopped by her booth at the Columbus Farmers Market.

The Trump administration is proposing a major shake-up in one of the country's most important "safety net" programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. Under the proposal, most SNAP recipients would lose much of their ability to choose the food they buy with their SNAP benefits.

The proposal is included in the Trump administration budget request for fiscal year 2019. It would require approval from Congress.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first stab at offering nutrition advice came in 1894, when W. O. Atwater, a chemist and pioneering nutrition investigator for the agency, published this warning in a Farmer's Bulletin:

"Unless care is exercised in selecting food, a diet may result which is one-sided or badly balanced. ... The evils of overeating may not be felt at once, but sooner or later they are sure to appear..."

As Schools Buy More Local Food, Kids Throw Less Food In The Trash

Oct 21, 2015

More and more schools are trying to serve meals with food that was grown nearby. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released some statistics documenting the trend.

A Hy-Vee employee weighs grapes for delivery to a customer in their grocery delivery program.

A new food delivery program could help homebound seniors stay independent longer. During this summer’s White House Conference on Aging, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a pilot program that would allow seniors with food-stamp benefits to use grocery delivery programs. The service hopes to give seniors better access to healthful foods. The USDA says it could help low-income seniors remain home longer instead of moving to an assisted-living facility.