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Co-op Launches Financial Assistance for Shoppers



Saturday, June 02, 2018

Hanover — Three Co-op Food Stores locations are participating in an effort to help people who receive food assistance to stretch their dollars by providing them with a discount on fresh produce.

Through the program, “Double Up Food Bucks,” customers who shop at the Co-op’s locations in Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction can get 50 percent off fresh produce purchased with electronic benefit transfer, or EBT, cards provided through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, according to a news release issued on Friday by the Associated Grocers of New England.

The primarily New Hampshire-based program “provides SNAP recipients with significant savings on the wide range of local fruits and vegetables from the Co-op’s long list of local farmers,” Edward Fox, general manager of the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society, which operates the stores, said in an emailed statement on Friday.

To participate, customers must ask for the discount before they swipe at the register. The discount is capped at $10 a day.

The program, which includes seven other grocery stores around New Hampshire, began on Friday and runs through the end of the year.

As part of Double Up — which is supported by the Endowment for Health, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, HNH Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation — the New Hampshire Food Bank will be conducting store tours through its Cooking Matters program.

More information is available online at doubleupnh.org.