15, 2013 Customers push shopping carts at the Wal-Mart location in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, Sept. 19, 2013. Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg/Getty Images Walmart has no regrets about allowing a wild shopping spree at two of its Louisiana stores when an electronic glitch lifted the spending caps on the cards of food stamp recipients. “We know we made the right choice,” Walmart spokesman Kory Lundberg told ABCNews.com today. The chain has no regrets even though Louisiana’s Department of Children and Family Services said food stamp recipients should have been limited to $50 each during the emergency and that Walmart will have to pay the difference. Lundberg declined to comment about how much the company may have lost or why it did not follow the emergency $50 limit. Read More: Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree Courtesy KSLA.com Shelves in the Walmart store in Springhill, La., were cleared Saturday, when the store allowed purchases on EBT cards that didn’t show limits. Another Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said, “Our focus was to continue serving our customers.” Food stamp recipients jammed into Walmarts in Mansfield and Springhill Saturday when word of the glitch spread. Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd said some customers were buying eight to ten grocery carts full of food. The store in Mansfield temporarily closed because of overcrowding and Mansfield Chief of Police Gary Hobbs said some shoppers left with up to eight carts of food and then went back for more. The food shelves were left bare and all the meat was sold as well, Lynd said. The shopping frenzy was triggered when the Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down because a back-up generator failed at 11 a.m.
Food banks see five times as many Scots needing aid
That compares with 4,021 people in the same months of 2012 2,786 adults and 1,235 children. The charity, the UKs biggest provider of food banks, has seen referrals treble across the UK up to 350,000 this year. The trust, which revealed the figures to coincide with World Food Day today, has written to Prime Minister David Cameron calling for an urgent public inquiry into the causes of UK food poverty. The charitys Scottish arm said many working people were among those being referred to the food banks, and there had also been an increase among the self-employed. Thirty-five per cent of applicants said benefit delays had left them needing support, with a fifth citing changes to how much benefit they receive. The trust has 400 food banks throughout the UK, including 42 in Scotland, with another 17 due to open north of the Border. Two to three new food banks are opening across Britain every week. Chris Mould, executive chairman of the charity, said: The level of food poverty in the UK is not acceptable. Its scandalous and it is causing deep distress to thousands of people. The time has come for an official and in-depth inquiry into the causes of food poverty and the consequent rise in the usage of food banks. People needing help are directed to a range of agencies, including Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), where they are issued with a voucher to take to the food bank. They are then given three days supplies of non-perishable food. Ewan Gurr, the trusts Scotland development officer, said he had noticed a wide range of people using food banks, including business owners.
Fast-food workers cost taxpayers nearly $7 billion in welfare costs
C From left, Maria Herrera, Jason Boccaccio and Claudia Esquivel were among those participating. (Erin Hull, The Denver Post) downtown McDonald’s at midday to voice displeasure at minimum-wage jobs that push them to food stamps and other public assistance. “It’s not easy living paycheck to paycheck,” said Dakota Bosma, 27, a McDonald’s employee until recently. “It’s just not right that I had a full-time job and needed food stamps to get by.” Although the report, “Fast Food, Poverty Wages,” does not give the specific costs for Colorado workers on welfare, other state breakouts show that California leads the country with $717 million spent in welfare for those workers. The study was completed by the UC-Berkeley Law Center and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The study defined public assistance as including food stamps, Medicaid for adults and children, temporary assistance for needy families, or TANF, and the federal earned income tax credit. “It’s pretty outrageous that workers can’t meet their basic necessities even after working 40 hours,” said Corrine Fowler, economic justice director for the Colorado Progressive Coalition. Fast-food workers in 60 cities, including Denver, in August went on strike to complain of low wages and their campaign to press for a $15-an-hour paycheck, about $31,000 a year for a full-time worker. Colorado’s minimum wage, which is tied to inflation, is $7.78 per hour. The average annual income for a fast-food cook in Denver County is $9.10, or an annual income of $18,930, according to May 2012 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The studies drew fire from employment groups who criticized its conclusions. “The reports ignore economic evidence that dramatic wage hikes would make fast-food workers worse off,” the Employment Policies Institute said in a statement. “Fast-food employers, faced with low profit margins and customers demanding low prices, would be forced to replace employees with less-costly automated alternatives.” DENVER, CO: Oct.