"America's Harvest Box"

Vanessa Nason filed this request with the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America.
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From: Vanessa Nason

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

–All proposals, guidelines, documents, and memos regarding "America's Harvest Box," the proposed package that would replace about "half of the money most families receive via the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program," according to Politico: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/12/food-stamps-trump-administration-343245

–The article says the proposal was developed internally by the USDA, and I would also like any information and/or research that factored into this idea.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Vanessa Nason

From: Department of Agriculture

Hello, Please see attached your FOIA acknowledgement letter. If youhave any questions, please let me know at FOIA@fns.usda.gov REMINDER: Please do not reply to this email directly, asthis email is not monitored by the FOIA Officer. To ensure a prompt and secureFOIA response, send all FOIA requests, FOIA appeals, any FOIA questions to FOIA@fns.usda.gov. Thank you, Jennifer

From: Department of Agriculture

Dear Ms. Nason,

Your attached Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department FOIA Office (DFO) is being routed USDA's Food Nutrition Service (FNS) for processing and direct response to you.

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Upon inquiry, the DFO has determined that the records sought are likely to be maintained by FNS. Pursuant to USDA regulation 7 C.F.R. § 1.5(f), the DFO is routing your request to the FNS FOIA Office for processing and direct response to you. In the event you have questions regarding your request, please contact FNS at:

Jennifer Weatherly
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United States Department of Agriculture
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