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BONUS BUCKS NUTRITION INCENTIVES
13.9 percent of Rhode Islanders live in poverty, and nearly 30 percent of Providence residents live below the poverty line (US Census Bureau). People affected by poverty can be more at risk for obesity and diet-related disease. To help address this, we provide nutrition incentives in the form of Bonus Bucks to low-income families at farmers markets across the state — helping farmers sell more local foods and making fresh, nutritious options more accessible.
In Bonus Bucks distributed to SNAP shoppers at RI farmers markets since 2009
Shoppers increased their ability to buy fresh produce with Bonus Bucks in 2017
In Bonus Bucks reached low-income shoppers at RI farmers markets in 2017