PRCHN’s Darcy Freedman quoted in press release on USDA grant

Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods Associate Director Darcy Freedman was quoted in a press release from Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office. The release discussed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $2.2 million funding award to Produce Perks Midwest of Ohio for the administration of the Produce Perks Program. This offers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients a dollar-for-dollar match when they use their benefits to purchase fresh produce at farmers’ markets.

Freedman stated, in part: “This grant provides an exceptional opportunity to link these families with a proven intervention in the form of monetary incentives to purchase fruits and vegetables. This reduces some of the financial constraints for purchasing fresh and healthy foods while also creating a ripple effect stimulating economic opportunities for our local farmers and food retailers serving low-income residents.”

Read the full press release on the grant on Senator Brown’s website.