With almost 42 million Americans on Food Stamps, every food dollar counts for these low-income families. In 38 states, and roughly 300 stores, food stamp recipients have access to a wide range of organic and natural foods at Whole Foods Market. Consumers can easily swipe their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards and rack up bags of food that are not only good for them, but the earth as well.
Families eligible for Food Stamps are allowed to purchase a variety of foods or seeds that produce foods at participating stores like Whole Foods Market. However, there are a few exceptions. Food Stamp dollars cannot be used for liquor, cigarettes, tobacco, pet foods, vitamins, medicine, hot foods or any food that can be eaten at the participating store. Natural and Organic foods are covered under Food Stamp dollars, which makes it less costly go organic.
Since the release of the 2009 Food Inc, docudrama, Americans were exposed to the alarming plight of the U.S. food industry. The movie provided great fuel for Americans to go organic with their food choices. When Whole Foods opened their doors in 1980, they were one of a couple handfuls of natural food markets that understood the importance of providing an alternative to chemically engineered and processed foods. Three decades later, Whole Foods is known for its diverse high quality selection of natural and organic food.
However, when compared to other grocery stores, the costs of Whole Foods products are noticeably higher. Dave Rosensburg, former Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market in a Gather Q&A said “…organically produced foods must meet stricter regulations…the process is often more labor-and time-intensive, and organic farming tends to be on a smaller scale. For these reasons, organic food may cost a little more at the checkout counter.”
Whole Foods helps to combat this issue by providing their patrons with “The Whole Deal” program. This program provides an assortment of in store and online coupons, budget conscious menu plans and recipes. The Whole Deal program also provides a list of “Sure Deals” and “Three for under $3” where you can still get items that are good for you and your budget.
Food Stamp customers can easily slash their grocery prices by exclusively shopping the 365 Everyday Value line. For example, a 365 Everyday Value can of coconut milk was recently priced at $1.64 for 13.5 oz., while a Goya coconut milk on netgrocer.com cost $1.95 for a 14 oz can. This is just one of the many savings examples that does your body and wallet good.
Now, more than ever families dependent on food stamps can buy nutritious, natural and organic foods at affordable prices. Whole Foods Market continues to make organic products more cost efficient for Americans on a myriad of budgets.
Go natural and organic with your food stamp dollars. Use it to its fullest potential by shopping at your local Whole Foods Market. You may be surprised to find that the coined “Whole Paycheck” may just be a thing of the past.
Julia Schrenkler, Q&A: Dave Rosenberg of Whole Foods Markets replied to your questions! Gather.