An Arizona team from ADHS and ADES put together a great application for the new USDA pilot program called the Healthy Incentives Pilot, which provides incentives to encourage low-income folks to eat more fruits and vegetables. Massachusetts came in first and got the grant, but our applications came in second. The pilot program would have researched whether incentives for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps) would lead to eating healthier food. For every dollar participants spent on fruits and vegetables using their SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, 30 cents would have been added to their benefit balance, thus cutting the cost of fruits and vegetables. Thank you all for the hard work putting together the application. Our work isn’t in vain because we will always have our template for future opportunities.
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