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  • EOMC Menu for…

    Sunday, April 22 - Meatloaf, Lemon & Herb Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Peas, Roll, Chicken Noodle Soup.

    Monday,…

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  • Decorating Wisely with Glenda…

    By Glenda Wise

    This past weekend we ran The Hogeye Half Marathon. After the half, we went to Crystal Bridges Museum…

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  • John Woods: Cigarette Price…

    From TSET April Newsletter

    A $1 per pack price increase in cigarettes recently signed into law will save lives, help…

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  • DHS Balloon release for Child…

    Poteau, Oklahoma - The LeFlore County Department of Human Services released 103 balloons outside their office on April…

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  • Decorating Wisely: Tis the…

    By Glenda Wise

    Tis the season...the season for baby showers, graduation parties and weddings. Last weekend we…

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  • Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter (left) films PSA with Olympic Gold Medalist Summer Sanders.

    Attorney General Hunter Joins…

    Press release

    PSA brings attention to Alcohol Responsibility Month, provides resources

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General…

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  • Cooking with the C's coming…

    POTEAU, OKLAHOMA – The City of Poteau, Carl Albert State College, Classic Country 107.3 and the Poteau Chamber of…

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  • Choctaw Nation MRC received the Community Resilience Award for their Skin Deep Initiative.

    Oklahoma Medical Reserve…

    Press release

    Five units of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (OKMRC) received program recognition awards from the…

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  • OSDH Acknowledges Cigarette…

    Press release

    The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) today commended Governor Fallin and the legislature for…

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  • EOMC Menu for the week of…

    Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center’s Cafeteria Menu for the week

    Monday, April 2Pot Roast, Parmesan Chicken, w/pasta &…

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  • TSET Board Renews Funds for…

    Press release

    OKLAHOMA CITY (March 30, 2018) -- The TSET Board of Directors on Thursday approved a grant with the…

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  • TSET gets national award for…

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- TSET’s efforts to improve the health of Oklahoma children and seniors was recognized at the national…

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  • Eastern Oklahoma Medical…

    Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is pleased to offer Swing Bed Program to community

    Poteau, Oklahoma - According to…

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  • Are You Ready for 2018 Storm…

    By John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner

    Whether you’ve lived in Oklahoma all your life or you are new to the…

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  • BARBEQUE CHICKEN DINNER…

    The LeFlore County NAACP is sponsoring a Barbeque chicken dinner on Saturday, April 14th from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at…

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SNAP recipients gain expanded benefits at local farmer’s markets Featured

Written by  Tuesday, 05 July 2016 23:07
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Oklahoma City—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other agencies to increase buying power of locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

The Double Up Oklahoma (DUO) program lets recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) stretch their food dollars by matching up to $20 of SNAP benefits per day at participating farmer’s markets. A pilot program has been in place in Tulsa for several years, and is now expanding statewide.

 

“This program will allow SNAP recipients to literally double the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables they buy,” said Jim Struby, director of the DHS Adult and Family Services Division. “Customers who participate in farmer’s market SNAP incentive programs like this consistently report eating a more healthy diet. Expanding this program statewide will also allow our clients to double their buying power.”

 

The program begins July 1. Communities participating in the DUO program include farmer’s markets in Tulsa, Guthrie, Norman, Muskogee, Okmulgee and Oklahoma City. Additional farmer’s markets will be added to the program next year.

 

The Double Up program is made possible nationwide through a $16.8 million dollar USDA grant to increase SNAP dollars spent on fruits and vegetables and encourage recipients to eat healthy.

 

“The SNAP program is 100 percent federally funded, and brings in a significant amount of revenue to the state,” Struby said. “This is an opportunity to promote community well-being while also supporting our local farmers.”


An average of 614,884 Oklahomans received SNAP benefits during the last fiscal year; more than 350,000 of those are children, seniors and people with disabilities.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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