In Idaho, food stamp distribution occurs just one day a month, not multiple times throughout the month. Because of this, grocers say many people ditch their food items and leave, not wanting to stand in line and wait to check out. This leads to frozen items thawing and spoiling, which grocers say is costing them big bucks.
Now, grocers want Idaho to change the food stamp distribution back to a multi-day format. It was changed to a single-day format in 2009 to save money. At the time there were not many Idahoans on food stamps so grocers didn't see a problem. But, over the last couple years the number of people on food stamps has risen significantly, compounding the problem.