The Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, which improves entry to wholesome meals, visits the Freight Home farmers market

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

“Freight House joined the program in 2020 and since then customers have redeemed more than $ 3,500,000 in fruits and vegetables,” said Jamie Haberl, executive director of the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative.

The program also benefits local farmers.

“It has really affected our local growers, the smallholders, bakers and growers who really helped do business and keep them afloat, especially during the pandemic,” said Lorrie Beaman, executive director at Freight House.

Customers with the SNAP benefit 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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