USDA Awards OK Farmer's Market Coalition Multi-Year Grant

In 2014, Professors Karen Gray and Ric Munoz began working with a coalition of farmers’ markets, activists, and the Community Service Council to expand “Double Up Oklahoma” (DUO). DUO doubles SNAP (food stamps) participants’ purchasing power for more locally grown, healthy fruits and vegetables by matching SNAP purchases at farmers’ markets (dollar for dollar up to $20 per visit). This is a win-win for small farms and SNAP recipients by bringing local produce to low-income tables. In June, 2016, the coalition was awarded a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant by the USDA to expand DUO to include 14 farmers’ markets in Oklahoma. Gray and Munoz will conduct the evaluation with the assistance of Knee scholar graduate research assistant, Molly Bryant. You can read more about the grant on the USDA website here. There is also a previous Tulsa World article about the program here.

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