Local & Regional
Mon April 25, 2011
Tulsa, OK – Much of food stamp money in Okla. spent at Walmart
TULSA, Okla. (AP) A published report says much of the nearly $1.2 billion in food stamp expenditures in Oklahoma went to Wal-Mart stores.
According to data supplied by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to the Tulsa World, Wal-Mart brought in about $506 million between July 2009 and March.
Data shows Midwest City's Crest Discount Foods redeemed the most food stamp dollars during that period, $17 million, followed by $15.3 million at a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Tulsa.
In all of Tulsa County, the larger stores to redeem food stamps from July 2009 to March were Homeland stores, about $67.3 million and Warehouse Market, about $65.5 million.
The analysis also showed retail smokeshops, convenience stores, substance abuse rehabilitation centers and take-and-bake pizza shops across the state received millions in food stamp purchases.