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The incentive program that allows S.C. SNAP recipients to double their SNAP dollars to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets or from participating farmers returns this summer.

Administered by the South Carolina Department of Social Services, the Healthy Bucks Incentive Program features 30 vendors in 20 counties this year. One of the state Department of Social Services' many goals is to provide accessibility and additional benefits to its clients in obtaining healthy, local and non-locally grown nutritious foods.

The program is available to all S.C. SNAP EBT clients. Clients can go to a participating farmer or farmers market and make an EBT purchase of at least $5. Upon making the purchase, the client will receive $10 in Healthy Bucks tokens to purchase additional fresh fruits and vegetables. Clients are able to receive the $10 incentive once per market day.

The participating location in Orangeburg County is Right Choice Fresh Start Farmers Market, 3300 Magnolia St., Orangeburg, SC 29118.

This project has been funded at least in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For food assistance visit the DSS website at: http:/dss.sc.gov/content/customers/food/index.aspx.

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