Program in farm bill would help families buy healthy foods at farmers markets

01/31/2014 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

The farm bill that Congress is debating includes a proposed Agriculture Department program to create incentives to help families using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits buy healthy foods at farmers markets. States have similar efforts, such as the Double Up Food Bucks program in Michigan, which helped SNAP sales at farmers markets go from $16,000 in 2007 to $1.5 million in 2013.

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