The New Food Economy and The Intercept: Amazon employees and the safety net

Number 28393
Subject Food
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Year 2018
Publication Date April 19, 2018
Summary As food stamps go online in the coming years, Amazon is poised to collect a large proportion of sales from the $70-billion program. Yet our investigation found that in at least five states, the company's own employees are disproportionately reliant on the program to feed their families. We framed these findings in contrast to the vast subsidies states and local governments provide the company in exchange for "good" jobs. Months before the conclusion of Amazon’s HQ2 search prompted mainstream outlets to wonder whether or not the company’s presence really benefits the communities that compete to host its operations, our reporting revealed that taxpayers subsidize Amazon's expansion every step of the way. It remains to be seen whether or not those investments pay off.
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Keywords The New Food Economy, The Intercept, Amazon, food stamps, employees, Jeff Bezos, HQ2, operations
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