President Trump is proposing $193 billion worth of cuts to the food stamps program, known as the "supplemental nutrition assistance program", over the next decade in the budget he will deliver to lawmakers on Tuesday. That represents nearly 25% of the budget for the program, which supports 22.3 million low-income households, or about 45 million people. If the most recent cuts to food stamps were any indication, less money in the hands of low-income households could weigh on the dollar stores that often dominate where this population group lives.
Food stamp enrollment began to plunge last year, as several states ended benefits earlier than they were required under initiatives put in place by the Obama administration.
With less money in their pockets, dollar store customers shifted their focus on buying low-margin food as opposed to purchases of less importance (which are often higher margin). To try and entice low-income shoppers, Dollar Tree started to offer more products priced at $1. As for Dollar General, it flat out lowered prices in key parts of the store to drum up business. Even then, Dollar General saw sales challenges persist.
"The cuts in SNAP benefits [food stamps] have affected 56% of our store base -- so we have started to lower prices as our consumers need us right now," Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos told analysts on a conference call late last year. Vasos added that Dollar General stores in states with the food stamp cuts saw their same-store sales in the third quarter lag the company average by 100 basis points.
Dollar General's Chief Financial Officer John Garratt said on that same call, "Clearly our consumers' budgets are being pinched, the SNAP reductions have taken a toll on their spending."
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