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Big Island Receives $1M to Urge SNAP Participants to Buy Healthy Food

Posted August 7, 2017, 03:57 PM HST
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Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawai‘i) today announced that programs on Hawai‘i Island will receive $1 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grant funding to support the purchasing of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

“Affordable, nutritious food is one of the basic building blocks for healthy families and strong communities,” said Sen. Hirono. “Today’s grant funding will help to expand access to more locally grown products for Hawai‘i Island residents.”

As part of the grant funding, The Food Basket Inc. in Kailua-Kona will receive $500,000 to help increase the purchase of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables by SNAP recipients. In addition, Heritage Ranch Inc. in Honaunau will receive $500,000 to improve access to healthy fresh local foods for low-income SNAP households, while increasing awareness and support for local growers and food retailers.

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This is a multi-year federal grant, not to exceed four years, with 2017 the initial funding award for both projects.

For more information about the SNAP program, click here.

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Jennifer Rogers And probably gmo.August 07, 2017 08:22pm
Keysha Standley One million to urge.. Homeless could use that to eat/sleep.August 08, 2017 01:58am
Janet A Vehemente Fake...or real food????!!! 😕😕😕🙅🙅🙅🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧👣👣👣August 08, 2017 05:15am
Janet A Vehemente I agree...😟😟😟👣👣👣🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧August 08, 2017 05:16am
Les Miller Is spam on the list?August 08, 2017 02:57pm
Liz Bach I love how the word "grant" gets thrown around. No... the taxpayers are paying for this.August 08, 2017 03:55pm
Megrez Mraz Two entities will be able to grow more produce locally. That's awesome. It's a Federal Grant, and taxpayer's foot the bill for corporate welfare or to give some rich ahole a green credit tax refund for his electric vehicle (golf cart). I'd rather my tax dollars go to feeding my neighbors.August 08, 2017 06:54pm
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