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This is first grocery in Eugene to honor SNAP Double Up Food program

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Tiffany Eckert
This natural food grocery store in Eugene is the first to honor Double Up Food Bucks to SNAP recipients--which doubles their purchasing power for fresh produce. The KIVA has been owned by George and Melissa Brown for 51 years.

A family-owned grocery store in Eugene is the first in town to participate in a supplemental nutrition assistance program which provides organic fruits and vegetables to low-income families.

Cash registers have been ringing up sales at The Kiva Grocery in downtown Eugene for over 50 years. Ziggy Blum is point of sale manager and describes how the Double Up Food Bucks program works.

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Tiffany Eckert
Hannah Brown and Ziggy Blum pose in the produce aisle at The Kiva Grocery at 11th and Olive in Eugene.

“Basically, it gives dollar for dollar,” she said, “up to ten dollars back on each purchase at the grocery-- on fresh fruits and vegetables-- which benefits not only lower income people who are using SNAP benefits but also local farmers and also, our grocery!”

Hannah Brown is a produce buyer for The Kiva. “Right now, we’re in the fall season,” she said, “so we have a lot of squash, radishes local carrots, salad mix, broccoli, we got local persimmons in.”

Tiffany Eckert
The produce at The Kiva grocery is organic and often, locally sourced. Staff members say everyone deserves to eat this way.

Until now, Double Up Food Bucks has been a summer food program, honored at most Oregon farmer’s markets. Blum said they’re proud to be the first grocery store in Eugene to participate and she expects others to follow.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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