- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 8, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - One of Indiana’s largest food banks has won a $100,000 federal grant to encourage food stamp recipients to purchase more fruits and vegetables.

The Indianapolis-based Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. was among more than two dozen nonprofits groups around the nation to receive parts of nearly $17 million in funding for the initiative.

The grants announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will support creative community partnerships to boost low-income residents’ purchases of healthy fruits and vegetables.

The funding will also give a boost to regional food producers and local economies as it helps improve the diet of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the program kept at least 4.7 million Americans, including 2.1 million children, out of poverty last year.

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