A program in central Iowa is trying to get fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income Iowans. The “Field to Family Project” in Ames began the program this year.The program offers vouchers to low-income families that can be used to purchase fruit and vegetables at stores or at area farmer’s markets. Robert Karp is the director of the program. Karp says participants can also purchase fruit and vegetables from area farmers in a contract agreement. He says that helps out the farmers as well as the families.He says it’s important to provide low-income Iowans with fruit and vegetables, as it’s an area that often is lacking in their diet.Karp says the program also gives out some vouchers for free cooking classes so people can learn to cook healthy foods.Karp says they started the program with a grant from the Presbyterian Hunger Program. He hopes they can find other sources of funding to continue, and expand the program.
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