Virginia Voucher Program Improves Access to Fresh Produce

Sep 20, 2016

Several Virginia organizations have partnered to create a voucher program to help improve access to fresh, affordable produce in Montgomery County.

The vouchers are redeemable at the Christiansburg Farmers Market and are available through the Department of Social Services, Community Health Center of the New River Valley and the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children. The vouchers can be used for eligible food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“With nearly a quarter of the population in Montgomery County living in poverty and thousands of people relying on government nutrition assistance programs and other benefits, food insecurity is a real concern,” said Molly O’Dell, M.D., director of the New River Health District in a press release.

The pilot voucher program is funded by a $2,300 grant from the Community Foundation. The hope is to break down barriers to food affordability and accessibility through using already available government programs.

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