The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a $94,000 grant to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help low-income Arkansans buy fruits and vegetables.
The grant is for the program Double Up Food Bucks that's part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - formerly known as Food Stamps.
The program allows families to double the amount of SNAP money spent for fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. As an example, a family spending $10 on fruits and vegetables at a participating market would be able to spend $20.
Health officials say about 20 farmers markets statewide will participate, making in available to an estimated 188,000 residents.
The grant is part of $16.8 million in total grants for the program nationwide announced Wednesday by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.