Coupon program to help B.C. lower-income families with fresh food
By Kim Nursall, Vancouver Sun July 5, 2012
Some lower-income families and seniors in B.C. will receive extra help getting fresh food on the table this summer because of a new provincial coupon program.
The $2-million one-time investment — announced Wednesday by Health Minister Mike de Jong — will provide lower-income families and seniors $15 and $12 a week, respectively, for 14 weeks to spend on produce sold at farmers’ markets.
We want “to highlight and improve access to the fresh produce that is available at farmers’ markets across B.C., particularly in the summer,” de Jong said in a telephone interview. “The farmers’ markets are there, they are very well attended, but there is a lower-income segment of the population that are challenged to even participate in a modest way [and] they’ll now have the option of going there with a little bit of money.”Full Story