Hands off: Taxpayers can’t check SNAP expenditures

Kathryn Watson
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Feb 05, 2014 5:00 AM
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Hands off: Taxpayers can’t check SNAP expenditures

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — American taxpayers spent $76 billion on food stamp programs in fiscal 2013, and more than one in 10 Virginians is enrolled.

But any transaction data on what people are buying with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars — or even how much individual retailers are getting in payments from the feds — is off-limits to the taxpayers footing the bill.

In mid-January, Watchdog.org filed a request to the Virginia’s Department of Social Services for the date, time, amount and location of EBT card transactions  in Richmond over a two-month period.