SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- The Utah Department of Health is providing a way for more Utahns to eat their fruits and veggies with a new program.
The Double Up Food Bucks program increases low-income shoppers’ ability to eat more healthy food while supporting local farmers.
“Double Up Food Bucks has been such a positive force in our communities with clear health and economic impacts,” says Jess Church, a dietitian with the UDOH. “Families report eating a wider variety of fruits and veggies and farmers report higher sales and even an interest in growing more produce and hiring more employees.”
Here’s how it works: families using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receive a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10 in free Double Up Food Bucks to spend on the locally grown produce.
Click here to find participating markets and for more information on the program.