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The Government Is About To Put $100M Behind A Simple Idea: Doubling The Value Of SNAP Benefits When Used To Buy Local Fruits And Vegetables

 
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The Government Is About To Put $100M Behind A Simple Idea: Doubling The Value Of SNAP Benefits When Used To Buy Local Fruits And Vegetables
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This idea did not start on Capitol Hill. It began as a local innovation at a few farmers' markets. But it proved remarkably popular and spread across the country.

"It's so simple, but it has such profound effects both for SNAP recipients and for local farmers," says Mike Appell, a vegetable farmer who sells his produce at a market in Tulsa, Okla.

The idea first surfaced in 2005 among workers at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. They were starting a campaign to get people to eat more fresh produce.

"I think we were trying to confront the idea that healthy foods, [like] fresh fruits and vegetables, are not affordable," says Candace Young, who was director of the department's nutrition programming at the time. (Young now works for The Food Trust in Philadelphia.)

Young recalls that one of their workers pointed out that some SNAP recipients live near farmers markets "and we thought, how about we incentivize them to use their SNAP benefits at these farmers markets?"
Crossroads Farmers Market is located in a heavily immigrant neighborhood on the boundary between Langley Park and Takoma Park, Md.

The city made a few thousand dollars available for the program. So at a few markets in the South Bronx and Harlem, when someone spent $10 of SNAP benefits, he then received an additional $4 in the form of coupons called HealthBucks, which could be used to buy more local produce.

This desire to make farmers markets more food-stamp friendly seems to have been floating in the air at that time. A farmers market in Lynn, Mass., used a $500 donation to do something similar the very next year.

Then, in 2007, the idea mutated into a form that really caught on.

It happened with the birth of the Crossroads Farmers Market, on the boundary that divides the towns of Langley Park and Takoma Park, Md. The area, just outside Washington, D.C., is home to many immigrants.
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"A lot of Latinos come to this market," says Michelle Dudley, the market manager. "I would say that 70 percent of our customers are Spanish-speaking, but we also see people from the Caribbean. Folks from West Africa."

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Re: The Government Is About To Put $100M Behind A Simple Idea: Doubling The Value Of SNAP Benefits When Used To Buy Local Fruits And Vegetables
If my tax dollars are spent more responsibly, than I'm all for it.
Too bad Moochelle is going to take all the credit for this.
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Re: The Government Is About To Put $100M Behind A Simple Idea: Doubling The Value Of SNAP Benefits When Used To Buy Local Fruits And Vegetables
If my tax dollars are spent more responsibly, than I'm all for it.
Too bad Moochelle is going to take all the credit for this.
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I 100% agree! This is a fantastic idea!
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Re: The Government Is About To Put $100M Behind A Simple Idea: Doubling The Value Of SNAP Benefits When Used To Buy Local Fruits And Vegetables
If my tax dollars are spent more responsibly, than I'm all for it.
Too bad Moochelle is going to take all the credit for this.
 Quoting: Sikhed


I 100% agree! This is a fantastic idea!
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until someone with 200 in snap doubles that by buying fruitsNveggies and then runs down the road selling it for cash. sorry, bad ideal.
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Re: The Government Is About To Put $100M Behind A Simple Idea: Doubling The Value Of SNAP Benefits When Used To Buy Local Fruits And Vegetables
If my tax dollars are spent more responsibly, than I'm all for it.
Too bad Moochelle is going to take all the credit for this.
 Quoting: Sikhed


I 100% agree! This is a fantastic idea!
 Quoting: AssaultR


until someone with 200 in snap doubles that by buying fruitsNveggies and then runs down the road selling it for cash. sorry, bad ideal.
 Quoting: FHRITP


Buying and then reselling fruits and vegetables to my fellow Americans?..

Good luck.
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until someone with 200 in snap doubles that by buying fruitsNveggies and then runs down the road selling it for cash. sorry, bad ideal.
 Quoting: FHRITP


This is already being done, always has been, and is already illegal.
Ever see those people selling oranges on the side of the road?
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bump!
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Re: The Government Is About To Put $100M Behind A Simple Idea: Doubling The Value Of SNAP Benefits When Used To Buy Local Fruits And Vegetables
If my tax dollars are spent more responsibly, than I'm all for it.
Too bad Moochelle is going to take all the credit for this.
 Quoting: Sikhed


I 100% agree! This is a fantastic idea!
 Quoting: AssaultR


until someone with 200 in snap doubles that by buying fruitsNveggies and then runs down the road selling it for cash. sorry, bad ideal.
 Quoting: FHRITP


Buying and then reselling fruits and vegetables to my fellow Americans?..

Good luck.
 Quoting: AssaultR


chuckle good point
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