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Much of State Food Assistance Money Goes to Wal-Mart (Apr 24, 2011)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A published report says much of the nearly $1.2 billion in food stamp expenditures in Oklahoma went to Walmart stores.

According to data supplied by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to the Tulsa World, Walmart brought in about $506 million between July 2009 and March.

Data shows Midwest City's Crest Discount Foods redeemed the most food stamp dollars during that period, $17 million, followed by $15.3 million at a Walmart Supercenter in Tulsa.

In all of Tulsa County, the larger stores to redeem food stamps from July 2009 to March were Homeland stores, about $67.3 million and Warehouse Market, about $65.5 million.

The analysis also showed retail smokeshops, convenience stores, substance abuse rehabilitation centers and take-and-bake pizza shops across the state received millions in food stamp purchases.

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