More Retailers Now Accepting Food Stamps

07.30.09 | FL News Team

(Phoenix, AZ) -- A record number of consumers are using government aid to pay for groceries and more retailers are now accepting food stamps.  "USA Today" reports nearly 39-million people received food stamps in April -- about 20-percent higher than in April 2008.

As a result, retailers ranging from Costco to 7-Eleven are now catering to cash-strapped customers.  In order to do so, the stores must sell at least three varieties of foods in each of four categories including breads and cereals, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, fish or poultry, and at least two of those categories must include perishable foods.

Retailers also qualify if "staple foods" comprise over half of their total gross sales, which means no candy, soft drinks or prepared foods.