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Press Release | 114th Congress
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Peterson Statement at SNAP Hearing: The Retailer Perspective

May 12, 2016

Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson
The Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: The Retailer Perspective

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“Thank you Mr. Chairman and welcome, today’s witnesses, to the Committee. I look forward to hearing your testimony.

“Retailers play an important role in the food chain. This Committee focuses so much on farmers that the perspective of food retailers and the role they play in getting food to consumers can be lost. For many, a grocery store may not be easily accessible. This is why so-called small format retailers, who we are hearing from today, are so important. They can help bridge some of the distance and meet consumer need.

“I recently joined my colleagues expressing concerns about the FNS proposed rule to modify SNAP retailer eligibility requirements. The proposed rule would threaten small format retailers’ ability to participate in SNAP, reducing food access to many consumers who rely on these smaller retailers for their groceries. Hopefully this issue can be addressed moving forward.

“Larger retailers also face challenges, particularly when it comes to technology. I’ll be looking to today’s testimony to see if there’s anything Congress can do to help these retailers better serve consumers.

“So, again, welcome to the Committee. I thank the Chair and yield back.”