Community leaders are pushing wholesale grocery giant Costco to change its no-food-stamps policy, saying needy New Yorkers deserve access to cheap, fresh grub.
Food stamps aren't accepted at Costco clubs nationwide - which means that residents within walking distance of a branch have to travel to a retail grocery store if they want to use their government aid.
"In tough economic times, more and more people are relying on food stamps," said City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens), part of a community group that's challenging Costco to accept food stamps.
"Costco is leaving a lot of people stranded," said Gioia, who is urging Costco to start a flagship food-stamp program at its newest branch in East Harlem.
Gioia and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum are putting the pressure on Costco to join competitors like BJ's and Sam's Club, which now accept food stamps as a method of payment.
Because they are clubs, Costco, BJ's and the lik
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