Food Stretcher Plus: Saving low income shoppers

The program is coming to the Mahoning Valley in the spring.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) –  A new electronic coupon system called The Food Stretcher Plus is saving low-income shoppers save money at the grocery store. The program will be available in the Mahoning Valley this spring.

People who use government assistance like SNAP, WIC or unemployment are eligible for The Food Stretcher Plus program.

David Davis is the founder of the program. He says 90 percent of grocery store coupons come from the Sunday newspaper, and some low income shoppers are missing out on the coupons. He says this new program could save a shopper up to twenty dollars each time they go to the store.

Using The Food Stretcher Plus program is easy, too. There isn’t a paper coupon, or anything the shopper would have to bring to the store. The person eligible for the program would have to tell the cashier, and the cashier will have a flyer ready to scan.

“So when that bar code is scanned, it would identify that the shopper is a food stretcher shopper and all the items that are associated with our program will become live electronically,” said Davis. “Then all they would have to do is have those items in their shopping cart.”

The flyer features up to 12 deals a month, and the flyer changes each month. There isn’t a limit on how many coupons the shopper uses.

Sparkle Market is expected to take part in this program come this spring.

For a complete list of participating grocers and a look at this month’s flyer click here.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said select Giant Eagle stores will participate in The Food Stretcher Plus program. A Giant Eagle spokesperson said none of the Giant Eagle stores are participating. WKBN regrets the error.

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