08/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

More Retailers Accept Food Stamps During Recession

More retailers are accepting food stamps, as a record number of consumers are turning to government aid to pay for groceries.

Nearly 39 million people received food stamps -- now known as Electronic Benefit Transfers -- in April 2009, up about 20% over April 2008. Retailers ranging from some Costco (COST) stores -- yes, quarts of capers do qualify -- to 7-Eleven to Target (TGT) are moving quickly to cater to cash-strapped customers.