Idaho grocers are asking the legislature to change the system of handing out food stamp money. The problem being that folks are so desperate that they all hit the stores almost immediately after the money is distributed (electronically to their cards). So, bottlenecks ensue, and shoppers get sick of standing in line and abandon carts full of food, which is an especial problem for frozen food.
Grocers have offered to cough up a one-time $100,000, but there's a $220,000 ongoing cost to the State for the fix of spreading out payments over days.
I assume that grocers have tried adding an extra person to just look for abandoned carts, and have tried beefing up the checkout lines. But, perhaps they could offer some type of discount, say, $10 or something, to food stamp shoppers who shop at a certain date/time, based on their last name. You know, T-Z shop on the 3rd of the month and they'll get 2% up to a max of $20 (or whatever works for that grocer). Or, just give the incentive to food stamp recipient shopping on the 3rd, if they don't want to program the computes to give the discount.
Seems like there should be a way for them to address this themselves, instead of shifting the cost to the taxpayer. Just saying....