A changing SNAP: Why corner stores might start stocking more broccoli

Chicago Tribune

October 4, 2016
in Corner Stores

Corner stores better known for booze and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos may be required to stock more good-for-you foods like broccoli and mangoes.

All retailers that accept federal reimbursement for food stamps, known as Link cards in Illinois, likely will have to stock healthier food soon or leave the program. Under the controversial proposed changes to the $74 billion Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the required variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins, dairy and bread stocked at participating retailers would more than double. The goal is to increase the availability of healthy food for low-income people, federal regulators say.

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