As public spending on governmental social programs declines, public-service agencies start to take a closer look at the private sector. And what element of the private sector is so obvious and so well positioned to fill basic human needs as supermarkets? Not many others, if any at all, it would seem. As a couple of articles in this week's SN point out, requests to supermarket operators to sponsor various community projects are markedly on the upswing. And the supermarket industry is ...

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