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NGA Member Retailer Lauds SNAP’s ‘Shining Example’ for Helping Local Communities

June 09, 2022 10:37 AM | Campbell (Administrator)

Mike Beal, chief operating officer of Kansas City, Kan.-based Balls Food Stores, testified today in support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, on behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry.

Beal affirmed the importance of SNAP to the independent grocery sector in his testimony to U.S. Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT), who chairs the Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Subcommittee; ranking member U.S. Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE); and other committee members. In 2020, SNAP was responsible for nearly 200,000 U.S. grocery industry jobs earning wages totaling more than $6.7 billion.

Describing SNAP as “a shining example of a public-private partnership,” Beal testified that the program is critical to the health of local communities.

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