A Washington Post article published in March 2013 connected low wages in grocery stores to the role of food stamps in the state. The article featured a family living in Woonsocket, RI and chronicled their experience using food stamps. Both parents in the article are employed in grocery stores, where their incomes are low enough to qualify them for food stamps. The reality that those working in grocery stores are themselves not making enough money to afford to feed their families, highlights the economic disempowerment of people who work in the broader food industry.

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