Discontinuation of state’s healthy food program could affect SNAP customers
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YOU’RE WATCHING 22 NEWS AT 5:30. BARRY: THE STATE’S HEALTHY INCENTIVE PROGRAM WILL COME TO AN END. HECTOR MOLINA JOINS US ON HOW THIS IS AFFECTING ONE ARM IN AMHERST. HECTOR: THE SIMPLE GIFT FARM TOLD 22 NEWS THE SUSPENSION OF THIS PROGRAM WILL AFFECT THEIR CUSTOMERS WHO USE SNAP BENEFITS TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. SNAP IS THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM, A FEDERAL NUTRITION PROGRAM THAT HELPS YOU STRETCH YOUR FOOD BUDGET AND BUY HEALTHY FOOD. THE HEALTH INCENTIVE PROGRAM MATCHES PURCHASES OF LOCAL FRUITS AND VEGETABLES AT FARMERS MARKETS AND STANDS. THE CO-OWNER OF SIMPLE GIFTS FARM TOLD 22 NEWS HOW THE SUSPENSION OF THIS PROGRAM WILL AFFECT HIS BUSINESS. WE’RE ABOUT SELLING VEGETABLES TO AS MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AS WE CAN. WE SELL LESS BECAUSE OF IT. THE SUSPENSION OF THAT PROGRAM, AND THE PEOPLE WE’RE TRYING TO SERVE ARE EATING LESS BECAUSE OF IT. HECTOR: IT WAS ESSENTIALLY TO BE A THREE-YEAR PROGRAM THAT BEGAN IN APRIL OF 2017. MANY HOPE THE PASSAGE OF A NEW STATE BUDGET WILL KEEP THIS

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