USDA Offers $31.5M for Healthier Food Stamp Diet

A division of the Agriculture Department is making $31.5 million in funding available to help people on food stamps obtain healthier foods.

The department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is making the funding available to help those enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which offers nutrition assistance to millions of low-income Americans.

“Too many struggling families do not have adequate access to nutritious food,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Monday as he announced the new funding. “Helping families purchase more fresh produce is clearly good for families’ health, helps contribute to lower health costs for the country, and increases local food sales for family farmers.”