Ala. farm now delivers to people on assistance

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ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — A farm in Piedmont has started delivering produce to people receiving government assistance.

Forever Sunrise Organics began accepting debit cards in December from residents receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Until recently, SNAP recipients were forced to pay in cash if they wanted produce deliveries.

Farm co-owner Roxanna Sims told The Anniston Star (http://bit.ly/UTe78S ) that the cash-only rule for assistance recipients was unfair.

Those receiving assistance through SNAP receive a card that can be used for food purchases, much like an ATM card. The farm uses a mobile credit card scanner to collect payments.

A 2009 federal report found that the cost of healthier food and transportation expenses discouraged poor households from eating healthier.

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Information from: The Anniston Star, http://www.annistonstar.com/



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