I think that without things like EBT we wouldn’t have half the wal-mart stores we do.
Stalk my posts for hard numbers on that in MS alone.
They’ve put most of the local grocery stores out of business in these parts.
You may be right, based on my observations at the Wal Mart check out counters.
The ones that ring Chicago even time their delivery of crap food to the replenishment of the LINC cards.
Agreed. It would be interesting to know the percent of sales attributable to EBT, WIC, etc. at the various retail grocery stores. They ought to have to publish that in their 10-Qs.
I don’t know about Wal-Marts, but I know that’s true about the tons of mini-marts in central cities which sell liquor, lotto tickets and a few convenience items like, say, lobster.
Think about how many food stores are within 50 miles of where you live and think about the fact that the shelves can be emptied in just a few hours (as we've seen) by only a small percentage of the people that live in that same 50 mile radius. If the registers, coolers, shelving and etc. had been damaged, it could be weeks before those stores would be back in operation and food back on the shelves.
Worse, the shortage created by the first disruption can easily cause additional runs on food supplies when they become available. Probably not applicable to most FReepers now, but if you haven't prepared for the possibility of food shortage, better do so ASAP.
I know what you are saying.
Imagine for a moment that Walmart announced that they were going to stop taking EBT, SNAP, WIC transactions. Problem solved right? Do you think that Target would just stare at that pile of revenue and say “We wouldn’t stoop that low”?
Maybe it is the politicians that have run a-muck buying votes with money taken from us at the point of a gun that are to blame?