New program makes local food more affordable for Kentucky families

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- A new program will enable low-income Kentucky families in 22 counties to double their purchasing power at participating farmer's markets and retail stores across the Commonwealth, beginning July 1.

Bluegrass Double Dollars has been given around 1.4 million dollars in federal, state, and private-sector funding to provide low-income families the opportunity to double their purchasing power when buying Kentucky-grown fruits, vegetable, meat, eggs, and dairy.

27 Kentucky farmer's markets and 12 Fresh Stop markets in Lexington and Louisville will be offering Double Dollars this season. Lexington-based retailers Good Foods Co-Op and Lexington Market East End will also be participating in the program.

"The Double Dollars Program helps achieve one of the key goals of our Hunger Initiative- to make fresh local foods accessible to more Kentucky families," Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. "It also increases sales at Kentucky farmer's markets, creating new income for producers."

Bluegrass Double Dollars began in Lexington as a part of another program, Bluegrass Farm to Table. This program connected Kentucky farmers with new market opportunities for locally grown foods.

"Kentucky Double Dollars helps low-income Kentuckians, farmers, and the local economy," Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said. "It's a win-win."

For more information, visit the Double Dollars website.



 
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