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Changes to SNAP program to give more to Minnesota

WASHINGTON D.C. -- Changes have been made to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps, that will give Minnesota and other states more resources to improve health and well-being.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the SNAP Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program will fund the fight against obesity, promotion of heart health, and other diet related issues.

The money can be used for things like community gardens in low income areas, bringing farmers markets to poorer communities, and developing other programs and policies for increasing access to healthier food for Minnesota's poor.