Food stamp recipients in Florida are buying a lot more from farmers and farmers markets.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says expanding access to fresh produce for SNAP recipients has been a top priority.
Redemptions under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp program, have ballooned since 2008 by more than a thousand percent.
Amy Rupert-Secol is chief vegetable officer at Homegrown, a Central Florida food co-op. She says even more could be done to get low-income families to shop local.