“I saw people drag out eight to ten grocery carts,” Lynd said. One person hauled away more than $700 worth of groceries, the chief said. The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services’ spokesman Trey Williams said the retailers who chose not to use the emergency procedures that limit sales up to $50 per cardholder during an emergency would be responsible for any additional amount spent over eligible benefit balances. 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. Following the policy clarification by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Walmart told ABCNews.com the incident was “isolated” and the company doesn’t believe it had any material impact to its U.S. business. The shopping frenzy was triggered when the Electronic Benefits Transfer system went down because a back-up generator failed at 11 a.m. EST Saturday during a regularly-scheduled test, according to Xerox, a vendor for the EBT system and based in Norwalk, Conn. The bill could be a sizeable one for Walmart. Lynd said customers were “not unruly.” There were no fights or arrests made, but the scene was still chaotic, he said. “It was definitely worse than Black Friday.
Walmart to Get Stuck With Most of Food Stamp Shopping Spree
Instead of dumping our bumper crops on their markets, Washington could provide an incentive for African farmers to invest and produce, improving self-sufficiency on that continent. Under current law, at least 15 percent of U.S. food aid (and, in practice, usually more) must be monetized. This means that once a U.S.-flagged vessel gets the commodities to Africa, they are resold on local markets by nongovernmental organizations, which use the cash to fund development projects. Monetization makes about as much sense as mailing your temporarily broke pal a large parcel of food with instructions to sell it and spend the proceeds on job training. In 2011, the Government Accountability Office found that, over a three-year period, the program resulted in $219 million being spent on commodities and shipping that otherwise would have been available for development projects. For all these reasons, President Obama proposed a wide-ranging reform of U.S. food aid programs in his 2014 budget , which was unveiled in April with bipartisan support in the form of a strong endorsement from House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.). The plan would have eliminated monetization, permitted greater purchases of locally grown commodities and reduced the preference for shipping on U.S.-flagged vessels . The idea was to help an additional 2 million to 4 million people, at about the same cost as the current programs . Alas, there is no Hollywood ending to this story. Reform legislation has been blocked by the farm and maritime lobbies and the lawmakers from rural and coastal states who do their bidding. Supporters of the status quo certainly cant win the policy arguments.
Musicians Play up Nashville Food Scene
Last year alone nearly 75 new restaurants opened. Now Followill’s older brothers, Caleb and Nathan the foodies of the band are able to easily rattle off favorite Nashville eateries Husk, The Catbird Seat, Rolf & Daughters, City House and Bailey’s restaurant, Silly Goose, places that aren’t just great locally, but known nationally. And that has the players on the city’s music scene lending a hand to spread the word that good eats have arrived. Bands and artists like Kings of Leon, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and even Taylor Swift have been talking up the city’s fine restaurants and neighborhood favorites in national publications. And last month, the Followill brothers brought in top chefs from the Food Network, New York and Los Angeles to serve their creations alongside local restaurants and chefs at the band’s inaugural Music City Eats festival. “So now the theme has changed, now it’s a celebration of Nashville,” Caleb Followill said of the festival. “Cause we have a lot of young, great chefs that are trying to do something special and I want Nashville to become one of the Southern food meccas that it has potential to be.” City House’s Tandy Wilson, a Tennessee native who creates delicious Italian pastas and pizzas with Southern ingredients, said having musicians as regular customers fits into his style of dining. “It’s kinda opened some doors to a little bit of friendship and you figure out that we’re not all that different,” Wilson said. “I find a lot of these guys we can have the same conversations. When they go to a different city, they go eat somewhere. They want to talk about that.