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Amazon Enjoys Subsidies While Its Employees Must Rely On SNAP to Eat

Later this year, Amazon will begin accepting grocery orders from customers using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the federal anti-poverty program formerly known as food stamps. As the nation's largest e-commerce grocer, Amazon stands to profit more than any other retailer when the $70 billion program goes online after an initial eight-state pilot.

But this new revenue will effectively function as a double subsidy for the company: In Arizona, new data suggests that one in three of the company's own employees depend on SNAP to put food on the table. In Pennsylvania and Ohio, the figure appears to be around one in 10. Overall, of five states that responded to a public records request for a list of their top employers of SNAP recipients, Amazon cracked the top 20 in four.


The American people are financing Amazon's pursuit of an e-commerce monopoly every step of the way: first, with tax breaks, subsidies, and infrastructure improvements meant to lure fulfillment centers into town, and later with federal transfers to pay for warehouse workers' food. And soon, when the company begins accepting SNAP dollars to purchase its goods, a third transfer of public wealth to private hands will become a part of the company's business model.


Amazon has wormed its way into our lives to the point where i don't think we'd know where else we could go for some of the things we buy. We're a slave to the convenience even though it means we're subsidizing Amazon's greed and implicitly supporting its poor treatment of its workers. It's a terrible excuse. We're terrible people.

By min | April 26, 2018, 12:51 AM | Liberal Outrage