With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the co-op is partnering with Crossroads Community Food Network to expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for people purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables.

The USDA anticipates that eligible shoppers will spend $450,000 over the course of the four-year grant period. This spending “will be matched with $450,000 in incentives ($250,000 from federal funds and $200,000 from state and local matching dollars).”

The larger initiative is part of the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program.

This is another reminder of the important contributions people and organizations are making on the food justice and food security fronts in Takoma.

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Over at The Takoma Park Newsletter, I have a piece on Boulanger Initiative.

Here’s the first paragraph:

Born in Takoma Park, Boulanger Initiative’s mission is to advocate for women and gender-marginalized composers. According to its mission statement, the nonprofit promotes “music composed by women through performance, education, research, consulting, and commissions.” According to Boulanger Initiative Co-founder and Executive Director Laura Colgate, the name honors two paragons in the world of classical music. The Boulangers were from France. “We wanted to bring more recognition to the two sisters and honor them by using their name,” she said.

The article appears on Page 11. You can read that, and the rest of the December edition here.

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Taylor Dibbert

Taylor Dibbert

Taylor Dibbert is a writer and journalist. He’s author of the Peace Corps memoir “Fiesta of Sunset,” and is seeking representation for his first novel.