USDA selects groups to help boost produce consumption

USDA selects groups to help boost produce consumption

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has tabbed the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition and Fair Food Network to help develop and evaluate nutrition incentive programs supporting increased fruit and vegetable purchases for food stamp recipients.

The organizations will lead a four-year effort to provide evaluation, training and technical assistance nationwide for nutrition incentive programs that support families in bringing home more nutritious fruits and vegetables, according to a news release.

Nutrition incentives include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps, as well as produce prescriptions, both aimed at increasing the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers.

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