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NY counties launch new program, Double Up Food Bucks; SNAP recipients receive twice the value of benefits when shopping farmers' markets.

"The two men are among more than 250,000 residents in eight Western New York counties who receive benefits from SNAP, formerly called the food stamp program. Three community foundations will foot the bill this growing season at seven regional farmers’ markets so that many of those people can stretch their food dollars while bolstering local agriculture.... Double Up Food Bucks are limited to fruits and vegetables sold by participating farmers at designated farm markets, said Lisa Tucker, co-founder and executive director of the Field & Fork Network and food systems educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County." -- Scott Scanlon, the Buffalo News

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