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FOOD STAMPS
(2008-03-10)
(wgvu) - MICHIGAN IS IN LINE TO BECOME THE FIRST
STATE IN THE NATION TO ISSUE FOOD STAMPS TWICE A MONTH.
THAT WOULD MAKE FRESH PRODUCE AND MEAT MORE AVAILABLE AND GIVE
GROCERY WORKERS STEADIER HOURS.
THE STATE'S 1.- MILLION FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTS NOW HAVE THEIR
BENEFITS ADDED TO A DEBIT CARD WITHIN THE FIRST 10 DAYS OF THE
MONTH.
THEY THEN SPEND THOSE DOLLARS EARLY IN THE MONTH, TYPICALLY IN
POORER, URBAN AREAS WHERE RESIDENTS MAY HAVE LIMITED
TRANSPORTATION.
EACH RECIPIENT GETS AN AVERAGE 88 DOLLARS A MONTH.
RETAILERS SAY THE ONCE-A-MONTH ASSISTANCE IS SPENT EARLY AND
USUALLY ALL AT ONCE, CAUSING THEM PROBLEMS WITH STAFFING, CASH FLOW
AND INVENTORY.
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