New bill to encourage food stamps users to eat healthier

Feb 24, 2014

An apple a day keeps the doctor away — at least that's what the backers of a Missouri bill to reimburse healthy food purchases are hoping.

A Missouri House panel heard testimony Monday on legislation that would give bonus dollars to food stamps users who buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets.

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Supporters say the measure would cut down on obesity in low-income households and reduce costs for obesity-related illnesses.

Under the bill, the state would set up a testing program for participating markets where welfare recipients could be reimbursed up to $10 per week for buying fruits and vegetables.

No one spoke in opposition Monday, and the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee took no further action on the bill.