Series Reveals The Secret Life Of A Food Stamp

Apr 3, 2014

Credit Marketplace and Slate

Marketplace and Slate continue their series The Secret Life of a Food Stamp by asking: What if Wal-Mart paid its employees more?

Slate's Andrew Bouve produced a video which estimates how much more Wal-Mart might have to charge for some products, if it raised wages high enough so that a typical worker would no longer qualify for food stamps.

In Part 2 of the series, Marketplace's Krissy Clark reports on how SNAP benefits have become part of Wal-Mart's bottom line. SNAP is an acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as the food stamp program), which is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

We invite your comments about these reports, and the first part in this series.