Iowa Healthiest State Initiative Improves Entry to Wholesome Meals and Visits Freight Home Farmers Market

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The nonprofit Iowa Healthiest State Initiative recognized the Freight House Farmers’ Market as a participating location for a healthy food program at a press conference Saturday morning. The program, known as “Double Up Bucks”, allows people to take advantage of the SNAP benefits to combine purchases with their EBT card for fresh produce. Amerigroup contributed one hundred thousand dollars to further improve access to food for low-income workers.

“The Freight House joined the program in 2020 and since then customers have redeemed more than $ 350,000 in fruits and vegetables,” said Jamie Haberl, executive director of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative.

The program also benefits local farmers.

“It has really had an impact on our local growers, the smallholders, bakers and growers who really helped them do business and keep them afloat, especially during the pandemic,” said Lorrie Beaman, Executive Director of Freight House.

SNAP benefits customers can use Double Up Bucks on products worth up to ten dollars per day. To date, 140 markets and grocery stores across Iowa are participating in the program.

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