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Specialized Stores Serving WIC Customers in California Improve Food Access Without Raising Food Costs

Patrick W. McLaughlin

Amber Waves:The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America, 2019, vol. May 2019, issue 04

Abstract: While most stores that redeem WIC benefits are typical food retailers, States can also authorize “above-50-percent” (A50) stores, which derive more than 50 percent of their food sales from WIC transactions, to redeem WIC benefits. A50 stores tend to locate close to WIC participants. A recent study found that without A50 stores, most WIC participants reliant on these stores in the Greater Los Angeles area would need to travel further to redeem their WIC benefits.

Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety; Food Security and Poverty; Health Economics and Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.302709

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