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Health Agencies Update
September 26, 2017

USDA to Incentivize Purchase of Fresh Produce

JAMA. 2017;318(12):1098. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.14097

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved $16.8 million in grants to 32 organizations to encourage participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase more fruits and vegetables.

“These grants help provide low-income families with the resources they need to consume more nutritious food,” said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in a statement. He noted that last year, SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, “helped put healthy food on the tables of at least 44 million Americans, including 19 million children.”