Expanding Double Up SNAP – SB1245

Pima County Food Alliance’s #1 policy goal for 2017-18 is to expand access to fruits and vegetables at our farmers’ markets.  A great way of doing this is through a program called Double Up SNAP, which allows food stamp recipients to double their dollars at the market to be used on fresh, locally grown vegetables.  A win for consumers, and a win for local farms!

Believe it or not, the Arizona State Legislature is, as we type this, considering a bill called SB 1245 that would help expand Double Up SNAP across the entire state!!!

What is SB 1245?

SB 1245 appropriates $400,000 of the State general fund in fiscal year 2018-2019 to be used to upliftt local Arizona farmers and our Arizona economy by providing funding for a produce incentive program for SNAP participants so they can purchase locally-grown produce items at participating farmers markets, farm stands, community supported agriculture (CSA) sites, and grocery stores.

How can I learn more?

You can download this PDF file for a quick synopsis, or you can check out the Let’s Grow Arizona website, which is run by Pinnacle Prevention, the folks spearheading this project.

What can I do to help?

For now, you can sign up with Pinnacle Prevention to receive updates.  Click here to sign up to receive updates on how to help.

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