USDA agency invests $40M to improve dietary health and reduce food insecurity

More Americans will receive produce prescriptions for better health.

The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has announced the availability of nearly $40 million to support the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program Produce Prescription Program.

The funding is part of the USDA American Rescue Plan Act, according to a news release.

GusNIP Produce Prescription projects provide financial and nonfinancial incentives to income-eligible individuals and families to procure fresh fruits and vegetables intended to improve dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, reduce individual and household food insecurity, and reduce associated health care costs, according to the release.

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