Oakland, CA – Today, Green For All issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has increased the number of farmers markets participating in its program. Last year, Green For All called for this policy change so that underserved communities have better access to healthy foods and that local businesses are given incentives that help build healthy communities.
“Access to affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables is essential to improving the health and well-being of low income communities. This is an important step to eliminating food deserts in our nation’s largest cities, but there is more work to be done to ensure all families have access to the healthy foods they need,” said Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All. “This is the type of policy change needed to encourage small businesses to provide healthier options to their customers, and we will continue to work to encourage businesses to better meet the needs of underserved communities.” About Green For All Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy. The organization works in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of its agenda. For more information, please visitwww.gfa.fchq.ca.