Merchants across the Sacramento region — from discount grocers to warehouse clubs and even high-end food purveyors — are seeing more customers pay for their groceries with food stamps.
From October 2006, before the housing market collapsed and recession set in, to October 2009, the number of people in the four-county Sacramento region getting federal food stamps climbed 45 percent — from 133,643 to 193,631.
Nationwide, the number of recipients climbed from 26.7 million to 33.7 million during the same time.
With more people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the marketplace is shifting as more retailers accept food stamps and some retailers consciously market to those customers.
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