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    USDA Increases GusNIP Funding

    The USDA announced an $8 million dollar increase in funding for the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (GusNIP) Produce Prescription Program on August 10th, 2022. This investment comes as a part of continued efforts from the USDA to increase health and nutrition security for those in need.


    GusNIP is a program that incentivizes the purchase of fresh fruit and vegetables by income eligible families/individuals. This way, more people are encouraged to focus on their health and wellness and eat more daily fruits and vegetables.  Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Education and Economics and USDA Chief Scientist, said: “Through this investment, USDA is making more nutritious food available to more people at more affordable prices. The GusNIP Produce Prescription program demonstrates the invaluable impact that access to fresh fruits and vegetables has on communities in need.


    Seventeen projects will be funded from this $8 million increase:



    Having access to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially those that support your local economy, is an important part of this USDA effort to increase nutrition security. So, in honor of National Farmers Market week, remember that SNAP recipients can use their EBT cards at several local farmers markets, so be sure to have your fresh fruits and vegetables ready to go for your community!


    Learn More about the GusNIP Increase