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Agriculture leaders, hunger advocates promote ‘Double Dollars’ program in news conferences

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined leaders of the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and other partners on Tuesday to raise awareness of a state program that makes more fresh, local produce available to low-income Kentuckians. Kentucky Double Dollars doubles federal SNAP, WIC, and Senior nutrition benefits at 41 participating farmers’ markets in the Commonwealth. This program is a collective...

Community Farm Alliance: Defeated Farm bill failed to provide safety net, immigration solution

By Laura Peot Stevens and Bree Pearsall On May 29, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, the House’s version of the Farm Bill. Community Farm Alliance does not support H.R. 2 because it fails basic responsibilities of providing a safety net for farmers and the food insecure. Stevens (left) and Pearsall Ironically, the bill failed not because...

Commentary: Coalition of Kentucky organizations oppose food assistance cuts in Farm Bill

One in seven Kentuckians has food on their table in part thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The program lifts 164,000 Kentuckians, including 73,000 children, out of poverty. It sends nearly $1 billion a year to grocery stores and our state economy, and injects even more into our local communities during hard times when they most need it. For decades, SNAP has been a program...

Low-income families in 22 counties will double purchasing power at farmers’ markets, stores

Additional federal, state, and private-sector funding will enable more low-income families in 22 counties to double their purchasing power at participating farmers’ markets and retail stores across Kentucky. Kentucky Double Dollars merges and expands programs already offered by Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and Bluegrass Farm to Table (BGFtT). The popular Double Dollars Programs merged under this...

Plan to double purchasing power of federal nutrition programs at Kentucky farmers’ markets expands

Kentuckians receiving government nutritional assistance can double their spending power, up to $10 a day, if they shop at one of 25 local farmers’ markets or two Fresh Stops Markets in Lexington that are participating in the “Double Dollars” program for those in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps), the Women, Infants and Children program or the Senior Farmers...