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Fresh Bucks

A Concerned Seattle South

Makes itEasier to Eat Healthy!

By Robyn Kumar

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ating healthy is a challenge for many of us. However, for those who suffer from food hardship, the challenge isn’t one of willpower or planning, but a challenge of affordability. Healthy food, and especially healthy, local food usually costs more than processed food and therefore harder to include in a food budget for people with low incomes. Seattle’s Fresh Bucks program is one solution to help those who struggle to afford healthy food. Fresh Bucks doubles the purchasing power for people with low incomes who use their federal food stamp (SNAP) benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at 29 participating Seattle & King County farmers markets and farm stands. How does this program work? It’s easy! You go to a Fresh Bucks participating farm-

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ers market and swipe your EBT card for whatever amount you would like to spend at the market. You’ll receive EBT tokens to spend with any farmer’s market vendor selling EBT-eligible foods. In addition to your EBT tokens, you’ll also receive a Fresh Bucks match (up to $10) to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. Spending $10 of your EBT benefit gets you $20 worth of fruits and vegetables at a farmers market. It’s a simple and affordable way for you to increase the amount of healthy food you can buy for your family. And by shopping at a farmers’ market, you are supporting local farmers too! If you haven’t tried Fresh Bucks yet, now is the perfect time. The farmers’ market season is in full swing – farmers market stalls are overflowing with delicious berries, hearty greens and sweet tomatoes. You can find a list of participating markets and farm stands at: www.freshbuckseattle.org.

Dear Friends and public The civil war in South Sudan has started again. The fighting broke out on Friday, July 8, during a meeting between President Kiir and Vice President Riek. An estimated 271 bodyguards killed each other within an hour. We need help in demanding that President Salva Kiir leave office immediately and that a no fly zone is established over the entire country. Many people are stranded and are dying from hunger. They don’t have access to water and are unable to reach the safety of UN protection. For two years, we have called for sanctions, an arms embargo, and a freeze of the country’s assets, but our demands have fallen on deaf ears at the United Nations. Russia and China cynically blocked our efforts. Now, innocent civilians are dying again. To put a stop to this conflict, please join me in demanding that South Sudanese President Salva Kiir leave office immediately and that a no fly zone be established over the entire

country and stop Uganda army from fueling more, destroying our country again like they did in 2013. Our citizens are being terrorized by helicopters and guns. Thanks, Peter, Gatkuoth Wadar Kuel Executive Director for South Sudan International Advocacy for Human Rights 206-393-2164

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