UF/IFAS Helping Those in Need Eat Healthy for the New Year

In the state of Florida, recipients of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) now have access to a new program called Fresh Access Bucks. With this new program, SNAP recipients can double up to $20 of their assistance to buy healthy, Florida-grown fruits and vegetables. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Agent Robert Kluson is working hard to get farmers markets and low-income residents throughout Florida to participate in the Fresh Access Bucks program. As of now, there are 21 farmers markets in 12 Florida counties that are participating. The program began with the support of a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Specialty Crop Block grant and Jane’s Trust, which is a non-profit agency. 

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