(08/23/13) - Healthier food choices for people on food assistance - that's the goal of a bill being introduced by Congressman Dan Kildee.
Friday, Kildee was in Saginaw to explain how it would work and the possible impact to local farmers.
Congressman Kildee was at the Saginaw Farmer's Market. He says the Local Food for Healthy Families Act would provide $20 million for food incentive programs.
In June, our cameras followed Kildee around for one week in Washington while he was living on food stamps to raise awareness about budget cuts in nutrition programs for low income families.
He, along with 26 members of congress, lived on $31.50 - the average benefit for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
He learned how difficult it is for people living on the program to get healthy fresh fruits and vegetables.
On Sept. 9, he plans to propose the Local Food for Healthy Families Act, which will increase the money available for SNAP incentives like the Double up Food Bucks Program.
"To make sure that those who are having difficulty making ends meet will not be limited to a diet that is not good for them in the long run. It's not just good for the nutritional needs of the people that would benefit from it, but it's really important to our local growers," he said.
Kildee says not only does this mean low income families will get better food, it also means local farmers could see as much as a 75 percent increase in sales.
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