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Grant will fund Bluegrass Double Dollars

Program will help low-income residents access healthy foods

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 1, 2015) — Bluegrass Farm to Table today announced funding for Bluegrass Double Dollars, a program that will make it easier for low-income residents to access healthy fruits and vegetables. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

bluegrass“The goal of the Bluegrass Double Dollars program is to improve the affordability and accessibility of local fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers, specifically participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” said local food coordinator Ashton Potter Wright. “SNAP participants will have access to affordable local produce, and local family farms will benefit from increased sales.”

SNAP users who make a qualifying SNAP purchase of $10 or more will receive a token or voucher of up to $10 per transaction. The voucher can then be used toward the purchase of fresh, frozen or canned local fruits and vegetables; local herbs; and local fruit and vegetable garden ready transplants.

Bluegrass Double Dollars is scheduled to launch in June as a pilot project and run through November.