Attention food stamp recipients: Your business is appreciated.
The Agriculture Department announced Wednesday it will encourage grocery stores and other retail outlets that accept food stamps to post signs reading "We Welcome SNAP Benefits." The move is part of an effort to decrease the stigma of using government food assistance in a tough economy.
SNAP is an acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a recent name change designed to get away from the loaded phrase "food stamps."
Government food aid has grown in record levels over the last several years as the economic downturn has hurt families' bottom lines. Estimated spending on all domestic food assistance programs increased more than 80 percent over the last three years.
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