Yearly Archives: 2018

Concerns With Administration’s FY2019 Budget SNAP Proposal

From our partners at the Food Marketing Institute

The section in the President’s 2019 Budget entitled ‘Reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)’ certainly makes major changes, but not changes that SNAP-authorized food retailers see as positive or even efficient.

The budget proposal calls for diverting about half of the food-stamp allowance that most of the 16 million families who get SNAP benefits receive toward what the USDA is calling “America’s Harvest Box.” The box would be stocked with “100-percent U.S. grown and produced food” and include things like “shelf-stable milk, juice, grains, ready-eat-cereals, pasta, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, poultry or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables,” according to USDA.

In budget materials, USDA said it would be able to deliver this food at “approximately half the retail cost.” The remaining amount of the monthly SNAP benefit would still be available to recipients via traditional EBT cards, USDA said. The proposal applies to households receiving at least $90 a month in benefits, which covers more than 80 percent of recipients.

Reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Budget proposes to strengthen work requirements for able-bodied adults and target benefits to the neediest households. The Budget also promotes the use of data and technology to improve program integrity and encourages State investments in evidence-based activities to help participants obtain and maintain employment. Finally, the Budget proposes to combine the traditional retail-based SNAP electronic benefit with the direct provision of nutritious and 100 percent American-grown USDA Foods to participating households. This cost-effective proposal “maintains our commitment to helping needy families avoid hunger while generating substantial savings.”


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2018 Calendar of Events

January 9 -11, 2018
State of Maine Agricultural Trades Show
Augusta, ME – Civic Center

February 11 – 14, 2018
National Grocers Association Show
Best Bagger Championship
Vegas, NV

February 14 – 15, 2018
Imperial Distributors Winter Show
Worcester, MA – DCU Center

February 27 – 28, 2018
Chex Finer Foods CHEXPO
Lincoln, RI – Twin River Casino

March 6 – 7, 2018
Bozzuto’s Independent Retailer Spring Conference 2018 & Food Show
Connecticut, Foxwoods Resort Casino

March 13-14, 2018
C&S Wholesale Grocer Spring Show

March 17-19, 2018
New England Made Shows
Portland, ME

March 27, 2018
Core Mark New England Trade Show
Augusta, ME – Civic Center

March 27, 2018
Core Mark New England Trade Show
Worcester, MA  – DCU Center

March 29, 2018
Constellation Energy Lunch N’ Learn
Senator Inn
Augusta, ME

April 4, 2018
Associated Buyers Table Top Show 
Portland, ME- Brick South at Thompson’s Point

April 3-4, 2018
Governor’s Conference on Tourism
Portland, ME

April 5, 2018
Constellation Energy Lunch N’ Learn
LL Bean
Lewiston, ME

April 10, 2018
Constellation Energy Lunch N’ Learn
Portland Water District
Portland, ME

April 11, 2018
MGFPA’s Food for Thought Forum
Augusta, ME – Bangor Savings Bank

April 24, 2018
2018 Dennis Spring Food Show!
Cross Insurance Center
Bangor, ME

May 3, 2018
Agricultural Labor Field Day
9:30AM to 12:30PM
Alfond Rec Center, KVCC Hinckley Campus,
Hinckley, Maine

May 17, 2018
MITC Trade Day 2018
Samoset, Rockport, Maine

May 22 – May 23, 2018
Sweets & Snacks Expo, National Confections Association
Chicago, IL

May 24
MGFPA Meet & Greet
Bow Street Beverage
Portland, ME

June 1, 2018
2018 Manufacturing Summit
Lost Valley
Auburn, ME

June 12
MGFPA Meet & Greet
State of Maine Cheese Co.
Rockport, ME

June 30 – July 2, 2018
Summer Fancy Food Show
Javits Center, NY

July 31 – August 1, 2018
C&S Wholesale Grocer Fall Show

August 4 – 5, 2018
Bozutto’s Dream Ride Experience & Dream Show 2018
Farmington, CT – The Farmington Polo Club

August 7, 2018
C&S Charity Golf Outing
100th Anniversary Celebration
Details to come!

August 22 – 23, 2018
Imperial Distributors Spring & Summer Show
Worcester, MA – DCU Center

August 21, 2018
MGFPA Golf Tournament
Martindale Country Club

Auburn, ME

September 2018
Hunger Action Month & WeCard Awareness Month

September 9 – 10, 2018
New England Made Shows
Sturbridge, MA

September 11 – 12, 2018
Bozzuto’s Independent Retailer Fall Conference 2018 & Food Show
Connecticut, Foxwoods Resort Casino

September 17, 2018
Adam J Bozzuto Memorial Charity Golf Classic
Wallingford, CT -The Farms Country Club & The Wallingford Country Club

September 2018
AG of NE Fall Food Show

September 2018
Maine’s 5th Annual Best Bagger Championship

October 2018
The Maine Food Means Business Summit

November 17-18, 2018
8th Annual Maine Harvest Festival

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