Friendly City Food Co-Op matches SNAP dollars for produce

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - It can be difficult for people who are on a budget to afford fresh fruits and vegetables, let alone the organic ones, but the Friendly City Food Co-Op is trying to change that. They are offering a SNAP -- previously known as Food Stamps -- match program for produce to make sure everyone has access to organic produce.

Through a grant the Friendly City Food Co-Op is providing matching SNAP dollars for produce.

The matching program comes from a grant through LEAP (Local Environmental Agriculture Project) in Roanoke. It allows customers who use SNAP to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at 50% off. This goes up to a $20 value which means customers can get $20 worth of produce and only spend $10. The limit for the program is per day, so a customer could get the discount every day.

Steve Cooke, the General Manager of the Friendly City Co-op, said it is important to make sure everyone has access to healthy organic foods.

"People can really kind of invest in their own health and wellness by eating lots of fresh citrus right now is what's in season and really affordable," said Cooke.

The co-op hopes to renew the grant in 2020 and the goal is for other stores to get it, as well.

Cooke said he thinks it will be very beneficial in the spring and summer when farmers set up their $.99 bins.