More People On Food Stamps; More Retailers Accepting Them

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A wider variety of food retailers is accepting federal food stamps as a growing number of people are accepted into the program.
In Nashville, 20 percent of the population receives benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to The Tennessean (http://bit.ly/qP9R19 ).
Statistics from the Tennessee Department of Human Services show that during the last three years, the number of people receiving food stamps statewide increased 36 percent to 1,282,507.
Mary Crimmins, who manages three weekly farmers markets, said food stamp recipients are beginning to shop there since the markets started accepting the payment earlier this month. Crimmins said that allows people receiving food stamps to buy fresh local produce that is in season.

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