October 27, 2011 The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded nearly $165,000 to two West Hawaii nonprofits to support direct marketing efforts and increase access to fresh produce in low-income areas. Getting fruits and vegetables from six area farmers markets into the hands of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients will get a little easier next year. A $90,460 grant to The Kohala Center will allow these customers to pay with electronic benefits transfer, or EBT, cards — the replacement for food stamps, said Melanie Bondera, rural cooperative development specialist for the Laulima Center, a program of The Kohala Center.
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Used with permission from West Hawaii Today