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Gioia Pressures Costco to Accept Food Stamps

May 29, 2007


City Councilman Eric Gioia recently wrote a letter to the president of Costco, the large discount warehouse retailer, asking the company to start accepting food stamps. After taking the Food Stamp Challenge and living on the average weekly allotment of $28, Gioia is even more sensitive to the fact that poor New Yorkers are unable to eat nutritious, balanced meals on such a meager budget. By getting discount retailers, such as Costco, to accept food stamps, poor New Yorkers will have access to healthy food at more affordable prices. Costco president James Sinegal contacted Gioia’s office to say he is considering it.

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  1. nina permalink
    April 25, 2008 12:18 pm

    Hi there – I just searched “costco food stamps” and your blog was on the first page. Any news on whether Costco is really considering this or taking any steps to accept EBT? Thanks for your efforts.

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