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MU Extension Leads Double Up Food Bucks | Community life

This year, more low-income families in Missouri and Kansas will be able to double their spending power when shopping for fruits and vegetables.

New USDA funding will allow the Mid-America Regional Council to expand the Double Up Food Bucks program in Kansas and Missouri from 80 to 140 locations. The program offers eligible consumers dollar-for-dollar consideration – up to $25 a day – for goods at participating grocery stores and farmers’ markets.

Consumers are eligible if they are enrolled in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, said Londa Nwadike, food safety specialist for the University of Missouri and Kansas State University.

Last summer, MARC – a nonprofit association of cities and counties in the Kansas City area – received a three-year, $4.6 million grant from the National Institute of Food and USDA Agriculture to bring Double Up Food Bucks to more places.

The program has redeemed nearly $3 million in incentives for SNAP recipients since 2015, said Donna Martin of MARC, head of Double Up Food Bucks.

MARC partners with local and regional organizations to implement the program. Through a $757,622 contract, MU Extension will work with farmers’ markets outside of the Kansas City metro area and west-central Missouri.

“This program is a huge benefit for SNAP recipients because they can afford to buy more fruits and vegetables,” said Jollyn Tyryfter, MU Extension’s nutrition and health education specialist, who is working with Nwadike on the project.

“It’s also a great benefit for vendors at local farmers’ markets who are able to sell more fruits and vegetables,” added Jennifer Elms, the newly hired coordinator of MU Extension’s Double Up Food Bucks program.

Nwadike encourages farmers’ market managers and interested vendors to join an informational webinar at noon on Tuesday, February 8. February 11th. For more information, visit extension.missouri.edu/events/2022-selling-at-the-farmer-s-market.

CultivateKC and the West Central Missouri Community Action Agency will continue to serve markets implementing Double Up Food Bucks in Metro Kansas City and West Central Missouri, respectively. For more information, visit www.DoubleUpHeartland.org.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.