The secret life of a food stamp
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This story is Part I in a collaboration with Slate called “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp.” 

Last night, as the clock struck 12:01 on the first of the month, some lines of computer code triggered a series of financial transactions that have a profound effect on the American economy. In that instant, hundreds of millions of dollars—taxpayer dollars—were automatically downloaded onto debit cards tucked into wallets and purses of people across America.

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