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Local lawmaker seeks healthier options for SNAP recipients

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Congressman Dan Kildee is in Saginaw Friday, visiting the local Farmer's Market in hopes of gaining support for legislation he is introducing in the state's capital.

The legislation aims to provide increased assistance to food stamp recipients in their quest to consume healthier food options.

Back in June, Kildee took part in the food stamp challenge, in which he tried to live off of $31.50 for a week. Kildee says it was extremely difficult and said there were very few healthy options afforded to him on such a small amount of money.

"I had to eat a lot of foods that were high in carbohydrates and I found it very difficult to have a healthy diet," said Kildee.

That is why on Sept. 9, he is introducing the Local Food for Healthy Families Act in Lansing. He is hoping for local and federal support for the program which would provide one dollar of purchasing power at a local farmer's market for every dollar already included in the SNAP program.

Kildee says the program is a win-win for both recipients enrolled in the program and for local growers, hoping to sell their crops at local farmer's markets.

Kildee held a press conference at the Saginaw Farmer's Market, Friday morning.

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