Gerry Canavan

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‘Today, We Fill the Store Up with Everything,’ He Said; ‘Tomorrow, We Sell It All’

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At precisely one second after midnight, on March 1, Woonsocket would experience its monthly financial windfall — nearly $2 million from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Federal money would be electronically transferred to the broke residents of a nearly bankrupt town, where it would flow first into grocery stores and then on to food companies, employees and banks, beginning the monthly cycle that has helped Woonsocket survive.

Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle.

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