Local farmers offer fresh produce to low-income families

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There’s help for Western Massachusetts families with limited means to eat nutritious food.

It’s call the WIC program; a government assistance for women, infants, children to supplement the families ability to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Hundreds of WIC recipients from Holyoke and Chickpea received their $20 to $40 allotments from the Valley Opportunity Council in Holyoke Thursday.

WIC Program worker Helen Nieves told 22News, “It makes me feel awesome, they’re trying to get healthier with fruits and vegetables, and they’re very expensive.”

Just as soon as they received their coupons, the moms quickly walked to the Holyoke farmers market, just steps away and purchased fruits and veggies from local growers.

Elizabeth Rivera of Holyoke knows exactly what her kids enjoy, telling 22News, “I bought a cauliflower, blueberries and corn.”

WIC is a short term program offered to parents with infants and children up to age five.



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