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The Rhode Island Public Health Institute and a coalition of nonprofits and other advocates are calling on state leaders to approve $ 25 million in federal funding for the US bailout to offer a 50% discount on fresh produce in grocery stores for residents who use the supplementary nutritional assistance program (food stamps).

The Nourish Rhode Island coalition holds a 1 p.m. press conference to advocate for the $ 25 million allocation.

A report released last year by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank found that more than 18% of the state’s households lacked consistent access to nutritious food, and those numbers are rising for black and Latino residents and for those who have children.

The concept of offering SNAP incentives for purchasing nutritious foods is not new, and the Rhode Island Public Health Institute already operates a mobile produce market that offers half of the fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables to beneficiaries of the. SNAP (some farmers’ markets do, too).

This proposal would extend these discount offers to retail grocery stores where it is much more common for SNAP recipients to shop.

Under the proposal, $ 22.5 million would be set aside for the program itself, $ 2 million would be set aside for technology upgrades to automatically administer the incentive, and $ 250,000 would go to the Department of Social Services for hire two employees to oversee the program.

A similar proposal was presented last year by the state senator Val Lawson, and the program would have been funded by a new tax on sugary drinks. If the program is approved using US bailout funding, lawmakers will need to find a way to pay for it in the future. Currently, 144,000 Rhode Islanders receive SNAP benefits each month, including 46,000 children and 30,000 people over the age of 60. The average monthly benefit is $ 144.

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