LEAP lands major grant

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) An organization expanding access to healthy foods in western Virginia has landed a major grant that will help grow similar programs across the state.

The Local Environmental Agriculture Project, also known as LEAP, has received a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The money will expand the Fresh Match Program, which doubles the value of SNAP benefits spent at farmers markets across the state.

Maureen McNamara Best is the Executive Director of LEAP.

"It's a win for SNAP shoppers. It helps them bring more healthy fresh produce home to their families," Best told WDBJ7. "It's a win for farmers, because all of the incentives are for fruits and vegetables."

The three-year grant will bring $175,000 in SNAP incentives to farms and food businesses in our part of the state.