- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - 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.

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