Healthy Bucks, South Carolina’s SNAP incentives program, was recently made a permanent program. Read on to find out what this means for healthy food incentives in South Carolina!
While Voices for Healthy Kids has funded Eat Smart, Move More South Carolina (ESMMSC) since 2014, it wasn’t until 2018 that ESMMSC began focusing on its healthier food incentives program.
In South Carolina, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) incentives are called Healthy Bucks and they allow SNAP recipients to get additional fresh fruits and vegetables when they use their SNAP benefits to buy fresh produce at participating farmers markets. Healthy Bucks is a valuable, but temporary program only available in certain areas of the state. In 2019, ESMMSC advocated toward not only making it a permanent program, but also a statewide one.
So, what’s in store for 2020? Read on to learn how modifying the language would allow SNAP users to buy more fresh fruit for healthy snacks and more fresh vegetables to incorporate into nutritious recipes.
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