We’re talking about a target group that really needs it, and a target group that is really proud and eager to stay on their own feet," she tells The Salt.
She calls the stores a “win-win-win” for everyone involved: manufacturers and retailers, customers, and the nonprofits that typically run the social supermarkets. The environment also benefits, since less food ends up in landfills.
"I’ve never seen any disadvantage if it’s implemented the proper way," she says. "It also helps society to reduce its welfare costs.
Every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates a total of $9.20 in community spending.
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