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Capito, Manchin Announce $704k to Support Local Farmers, Encourage Healthy Food Purchases among Snap Participants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition for the West Virginia Lettuce Support SNAP Stretch project. This funding is allocated through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and will work to incentivize and increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The project also supports both local West Virginia farmers and families by allowing their SNAP dollars to

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Local group grows healthy food for Cancer Patients | News

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – In Nashville, it may be a Cancer Patients’ Best Friend. A local garden is full of organic fresh vegetables used in free meals for those desperately in need of them.

Missy Hamilton’s careful attention to veggies sprouting from her garden has great meaning. It’s all organic and good for cancer patients.

“Okra, butternut squash, cucumbers, huge tomatillos, wonderful herbs, stevia, all peppers you can imagine,” said Hamilton.

Over the years the Heimerdinger Foundation has delivered 125-thousand meals to cancer patients most done by volunteers. All in memory of former Titans Offensive Coach Mike Heimerdinger who died

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GROW San Mateo and Samaritan House Food Pharmacy provide healthy food | Local News

GROW San Mateo formed as a collective project to provide free healthy food to promote a healthier lifestyle and educate people on the importance of fresh produce.

Bill Schildknecht started the GROW San Mateo project in March of 2019 for a collection of local gardeners grow and donate fresh produce. He learned about the Samaritan House Food Pharmacy that summer, which is a part of the organization’s free medical clinic, and began a partnership. In the spring of this year, it started to host a table at the two food pharmacy clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City.

“I think

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13 Reading schools get more than $450,000 to provide healthy food to students | Local News

Thirteen Reading School District elementary schools are among 288 across the state to get federal dollars to help provide fresh fruit and vegetables to students.

The state is providing a total of $7 million to help make sure kids get healthy snacks during the school day. Reading schools will receive a total of $451,800.

The grants are funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program and administered by the state Department of Education.

“Healthy, nutritious meals are essential to a child’s growth and success,” Education Secretary Noe Ortega said in a statement announcing the grants. “These