The Monadnock Food Co-op launched its Healthy Food for All Program, an initiative that gives more people access to healthy, local and organic food options. The program’s launch coincides with Monadnock Food Co-op’s event A Place a the Table Event in Keene, sparking more conversation and collective action around hunger, obesity and national food policy in United States.
The Healthy Food for All Program assists people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits by offering them a 10% discount on everything they purchase, except alcohol, and was developed with the support of the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Neighboring Food Co-op Association.
“In the U.S., 23.5 million Americans live in areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly in low-income neighborhoods and communities. These areas, known as food deserts, appear across the country, including in New England,” said Bonnie Hudspeth from the Neighboring Food Co-op Association. “To address this challenge, New England food co-ops — member-owned, member-controlled grocery stores that operate for the benefit of their members — are collaborating to increase healthy food access for everyone.”
This project is part of Neighboring Food Co-op Association’s ‘Food Co-ops & Healthy Food Access’ project, in collaboration with the Co-operative Fund of New England, Hunger Free Vermont and New England Farmers Union. For more information, please visit www.nfca.coop/healthyfoodaccess.