The Double Up Food Bucks program by the Fair Food Network allows families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) the ability to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from local, Michigan farmers markets. Eating fresh, healthy food should be easily accessible to everyone; the program matches money spent at a farmers market when using a SNAP benefits debit card. The Double Up Food Bucks program makes it possible for low-income families to eat healthy while supporting local farms and economy.
Dr. Oran B. Hesterman, President and CEO of Fair Food Network, has spearheaded this movement to improve access to healthy food. The Double Up Food Bucks program has expanded from Detroit and is now available throughout Michigan. Programs such as Health Bucks and Healthy Bodega provide similar initiatives in New York City. With the introduction of these programs, access to healthy food is becoming more and more available to the general populace.
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