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Idaho Grocers Want Food Stamp Distribution Spread Out

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Senate committee has agreed to revisit the idea of spreading the release of food stamps across several days each month. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted Thursday to debate a bill that would release food stamp vouchers on as many as 10 days each month. For years, the state has issued food stamp cards on the first day of the month.

Grocery executives and customers complain because shoppers who get the benefit jam stores, clear out inventory and cause supply chain headaches. A similar bill passed the House last year, but never cleared the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. The bill has the support of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Northwest Grocer’s Association, which includes some of the biggest grocery stores in the state.

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