How food stamps affect business

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THE PROBLEM: Grocers in Michigan’s poor neighborhoods say they are swamped after people receive their food stamps on the first nine days of the month, but business slows down considerably as the days pass.

ONE POTENTIAL SOLUTION: The Michigan Food Policy Council is scheduled Monday to consider a draft recommendation to the governor that calls for food stamp payments to be spread out over the entire month.

ANOTHER POTENTIAL SOLUTION: The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers of Michigan wants the state to divvy up each recipient’s benefits into two separate payments per month.

By The Associated Press

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