AJC: Giving seniors greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables


Laura Berrios, For the AJC

Friday, June 16, 2017 

This summer, more seniors are able to get their daily five, thanks to a coordinated effort to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for those on a limited income.

Georgia Fresh for Less, a program of the nonprofit Wholesome Wave Georgia, allows recipients of federal nutrition assistance to purchase twice as much produce at local farmers markets.

Since 2009, Wholesome Wave has matched produce purchases, dollar for dollar, for those using SNAP benefits at participating community markets.

In 2016, more than $440,000 was spent at markets through this program, said Caitlin Still, development and communications coordinator for Wholesome Wave Georgia.

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