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Corby Kummer On USDA's Produce Incentives

How Can Fresh Produce Be Made More Accessible?

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This photo taken on Oct. 5, 2013 shows radishes, carrots, turnips, and beets, at a farmer's market near Langley, Wash. Cool season vegetables like these will tolerate a light frost and can be planted when the soil warms to 35- or 40 degrees. They can be planted again in mid- to late summer for a fall harvest.
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Corby Kummer On USDA's Produce Incentives

It can be difficult and expensive for low-income individuals to get access to fresh produce. But, as Corby Kummer explained on Boston Public Radio today, there’s a special program that’s making it slightly easier.

The program is called Double Up and it essentially allows people who are receiving SNAP benefits to get reimbursed for each dollar spent on produce in a grocery store or farmer’s market. There are many variations on the same program, but the national effort is associated with the United States Department of Agriculture. It’s a part of the Healthy Incentives Pilot which is designed to help low-income families prepare healthy food.

“This is one of the most innovative programs to get produce to low-income people,” Kummer said. “[It] started right in our backyard — in Roslindale.”

Award-winning food writer Corby Kummer is a senior editor at the Atlantic, a columnist for the New Republic and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition and Policy.

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