06 May '12, 10am

Federal Food Aid Recipients Double Their Money at Local Farmers' Markets

Federal Food Aid Recipients Double Their Money at Local Farmers' Markets

An oft-heard complaint about "green" eating: high quality natural foods cost too much, remaining out of reach for people of limited means. On the other hand, concerns about nutritional value in the diets of the less fortunate have led to proposed bans on using food stamps for sugary soda drinks or junk food. Double Up Food Bucks for Healthy, Local Food for All The Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program, entering its fourth year in Michigan, solves both issues with a constructive solution benefiting both recipients of assistance from the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps ), and local farmers.The recently published Double Up Food Bucks Evaluation Report (pdf), provides proof that this ingenuous program works. USDA statistics indicate that over $1 million of SNAP benefits were spent at Farmer's markets in Michigan. Using USDA data on S...

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