PITTSBURG — The Double Up Food Bucks program at Ron’s Supermarket will be promoting locally grown fruits and vegetables while providing low income families with vouchers.

Double Up Food Bucks is a federally-funded grant program which promotes the purchasing of locally-grown produce by matching the amount a customer used through their food stamps — providing up to $25 a day in rewards to purchase more produce.

For example, if a customer on food stamps purchases $10 of locally-grown produce — using their card — then the grant will provide an equal amount to spend on any produce in the store, which will be applied to their Ron’s Supermarket reward card.
“This will give benefits to people who need food, support our local farmers and promote healthy eating choices,” Ron’s IGA Store Manager Drew Rhodes said. “Hopefully it will encourage folks to purchases these types of foods in the future.”

Rhodes said produce from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma — including farmers near Pittsburg — will be considered locally-grown.

Locally grown fruits and vegetables have a special place near the entrance of the store — some will be spread through the produce section, but the bulk will be up front.

Ron’s IGA Produce Manager Rebecca Holroyd said the local food will have a gold sticker, which says “locally grown.” If the produce comes in bags, the bag will note where the food came from.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.