Program gives healthy options to food insecure

National News

July 25, 2018 - 11:00 PM

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A food program is making a big difference to low-income families seeking healthy options in the Kansas City area.

The Double Up Food Program matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars spent on local produce at Kansas and Missouri farmers markets and grocery stores. Participants receive up to $25 a day in matching Double Up Food Bucks dollars for more local fruits and vegetables, the Kansas City Star reported .

“This program helps people that do have benefits stretch those dollars,” said Brian DeSmet, the Kansas and Missouri program manager for Fair Food Network, which began the first Double Up program in Detroit.

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