An Apple A Day? Buy It With Food Stamps

Trading food stamps for fresh produce
Trading food stamps for fresh produce

In announcing the pilot program, part of a larger national push to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthier eating, Secretary of Health and Human Services JudyAnn Bigby wrote on her blog that about 7,500 households in Hampden County will be randomly selected to participate in the state program. For every dollar in federal assistance spent on fruits and vegetables, participating households will get an additional 30 cents in benefits.

Not much, but it's a start.

This program aired on August 31, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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