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   Those on government assistance now have access to fresh, locally-grown food, thanks to a new program.
   The Grenada Farmers’ Market is accepting food stamps, otherwise known as SNAP,  or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, according to a top official.                                                 
   Kevin Concannon, under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services with the USDA, told the GrenadaStar on Wednesday that he’s excited that the Grenada market is now accepting benefits, and he thinks it will help Mississippi’s reputation as a state that eats poorly.
   Mississippi is simultaneously the most obese and the hungriest state, according to Concannon.
   According to Leslie Moss, who directs the farmer’s market, the state will make devices available to vendors that attach to their smart phones. Those devices allow the vendors to swipe the SNAP cards like credit cards. Participation will be voluntary for each vendor, Moss said.
   Some vendors may choose devices that also allow them to take credit and debit cards, Moss said.

For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.

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