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Two Lee stores barred from food stamp program

Two Lee County stores have been barred from participating in the federal food stamp program because of program violations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

The stores, Verona Super C, 4960 Raymond Ave. in Tupelo, and Kelly Grocer, Route 6, Tupelo, were named in the department’s complaint. Verona Super C, owned by The Burben Co., was disqualified for three years based on evidence it sold plastic forks, glass cleaner and soap in exchange for food stamps. Kelly Grocer, owned by Jerry Baughman, was disqualified a year based on evidence it sold glass cleaner, soap and dishwashing liquid for stamps.

Food stamps may only be used to purchase food or seeds and plants used in gardens to grow food, James Salter, of the Agriculture Department’s Food and Consumer Services Jackson office, said.

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