California Wants to Help Low-Income Residents Buy More Fresh Produce
A new bill could help more Californians afford to shop at farmers’ markets and food hubs and help pave the way for similar efforts nationwide.
For many low-income folks living in food swamps, the problem isn’t so much a lack of food, as an overabundance of highly-processed, unhealthy foods. For some California residents, however, the scales might have just been tipped toward access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
In October, the state’s legislature passed the California Nutrition Incentives Act (AB 1321), a bill that could create a nutrition matching incentive program within the state’s Office of Farm to Fork.