Stuttgart Daily Leader

By:  Arkansas News Bureau

The Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention said Wednesday it is launching a program that will improve access to fresh produce for more than 180,000 Arkansans.

The program, called Double Up Food Bucks, will match Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits spent at any of 19 participating farmers’ markets with money that can be spent on locally grown fruits and vegetables, the coalition said in a news release.

“I am proud to support this project because it’s a commonsense way to connect low-income families with healthy food options provided by local farmers,” U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark., a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said in the release. “Increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables creates a healthier community and economy. This is a win for Arkansas.”

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