Oklahoma farmers market helping SNAP recipients eat healthier through ‘Double Up’ program

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OKLAHOMA CITY – ┬áSummer is officially here, which means that fresh produce is available at farmers markets across the state.

Now, a new grant is helping low-income Oklahoma families make healthier choices.

Oklahomans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will be able to double the fresh fruits and vegetables they purchase without increasing their bill.

The OSU-OKC Farmers Market has been chosen to participate in the Double Up Oklahoma program.

Each market day, the DUO program will match the value of SNAP purchases made at participating farmers markets dollar-for-dollar up to $20 each day.

“I foresee the Double Up Oklahoma program having a huge impact on our community,” said Hallie Williams, OSU-OKC Farmers Market manager. “The OSU-OKC Farmers Market has been providing our community with the freshest and most nutritious produce grown right here in Oklahoma for more than 20 years. Now, SNAP customers will have more buying power by literally doubling their dollars to purchase fruits and vegetables. Double Up Oklahoma is a win-win for everyone.”

The program begins July 1.