The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department expands itself once more by starting a Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

The program started July 1 in Madison County has funds became available.

It will allow participants in the WIC, or Women, Infants and Children, program to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets, while also supporting local farmers and their families.

Each WIC participant in Madison County will receive three $5 vouchers in July and three $5 vouchers in August to spend at a local farmers’ market.

These vouchers are used like cash, and can only be redeemed in July and August.

Only authorized Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program farmers can accept these vouchers, and four local farmers are participating in Madison County during this summer’s program at the West Tennessee Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.

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