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Local farm receives help to feed low-income families

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) - After a local farm, that helps provide families in need with healthy food options, lost their original grant funding, organizations that are a part of the Adams County Together initiative stepped in to help.

Terripin Farms in Quincy received a $5,000 grant from the Two-Rivers Regional Council (TRRC). Officials TRRC said they heard the farm needed grant money from United Way of Adams County. The grant will allow the farm to continue helping low-income families who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

“What this enables [Terripin Farms] to do, is to make good, healthy food more accessible," said Bob Gough, TRRC Executive Director. "It makes it more affordable. So we can help people feed their families and give them good healthy food.”

Jessica Whiston, Terripin Farms owner, said they match funds for produce purchased at their farm stand, up to $20.

“So if they spend $20, they get $20 in coupons to use the next time," said Whiston. "We have enough funds to do that throughout the whole season."

Officials said $2,500 from both the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri and Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies make up the grant.

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