A new expansion of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is coming to Cabell County.
The new program is called ‘SNAP Stretch,’ and allows West Virginians to double or triple their food dollars when they shop at the Wild Ramp.
According to market manager Kelsey Abad, the dollar-for-dollar matching program for fresh foods and vegetables will allow West Virginians to put fresher food on the table as opposed to pre-packed foods or foods high in sodium and fats.
These fresh foods are also locally grown, meaning they will have a positive impact on Cabell County’s economy.
Among those present at Thursday’s ceremony were representatives from Senator Joe Manchin’s office and Congresswoman-elect Carol Miller.
Abad hopes this program will also be an an opportunity for children to learn about where their food comes from as well as teach them the importance of good nutrition.
“Our goal with this program is to give community members the opportunity to learn about what locally grown produce is, and can be, to get back to those [West Virginia] roots,” said Abad. “[It’s about] learning how to cook from what’s grown in our community, what thrives in our climate, as well as seasonality. [It’s about] learning how to cook with what you have, when you have it.”
Abad says she hopes the new program will help increase the customer base for local producers and says she’s glad this program gives the Wild Ramp the opportunity to support those local farmers.