AARP Foundation Awarded $3 Million Grant from USDA; Funds Will Support Affordable Access To Healthy Food
Jackson, MS – (April 2, 2015) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program, awarded AARP Foundation a grant of $3.3 million, with an additional $1 million coming from UnitedHealthcare, to implement a multi-year $6.6 million incentive program in Mississippi and Tennessee to increase the purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The goal of this program is to increase the purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables and to improve nutrition and health outcomes for low-income consumers.
Mississippi legislators only have a few weeks left in the 2013 legislative session, and they have yet to expand Medicaid for hard-working Mississippians. Access to health care is on the line, especially for about 39,000 50 to 64-year-old Mississippians who cannot afford health insurance. Call your legislator at 1-888-333-5757 and tell him or her to expand Medicaid in Mississippi!
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