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As a Corvallis resident for the last eight years, I’ve come to appreciate how fortunate we are to have access to healthy food options, especially with our incredible farmers markets.

Nutrition has been long linked to health. It’s something that we understand well; healthy diets with the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables can prevent chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.

With 1 in 8 Oregonians experiencing food insecurity, there is clearly more we need to do to ensure that all our neighbors can feed their families — and with healthy options. Currently there is a bill that will help healthy foods be more accessible to all Oregonians. Senate Bill 727A will help expand SNAP programs through the Double Up Food Bucks program, which matches benefits to enable participants to purchase additional fruits and vegetables.

We need legislators to fund this program so that it can be maintained and expanded throughout Oregon, serving families and supporting local farmers alike. Oregon prides itself on being home to fresh foods harvested from our local growers, so why not make them more accessible to all?

This session, the Legislature should promote equity and health throughout the state by securing funding for SB 727A and the Double Up Food Bucks Program. Thank you for your consideration.

Sheree Baldridge

Corvallis (May 31)

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