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Food stamps report calls for transparency

Michele Simon

Michele Simon

A report written by public health lawyer and consultant Michele Simon has raised questions about corporate profits from food stamps and called for public disclosure about expenditures under what is now known as the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP).

The report says that Congress should maintain SNAP funding in this time of need for millions of Americans, but require collection and disclosure of SNAP product purchase data, retailer redemptions, and national data on bank fees.

The report also says that the Agriculture department should evaluate state electronic benefit transfer contracts to determine if banks are taking undue advantage of taxpayer funds.

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