A program that helps low-income Americans buy fresh produce at farmers markets has received a $600,000 donation.

Wholesome Wave receives $600,000 grant

Bridgeport, Conn.-based Wholesome Wave received the grant from insurance giant Kaiser Permanente, according to a Wholesome Wave news release.

The bulk of the funds will be used to support the company’s Double Value Coupon Program, which allows Food Stamp and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to double the value of their grocery coupons when they buy fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets.

The program is in place at 160 farmers markets in 20 states.

Wholesome Wave also will use part of the Kaiser Permanente grant to expand its Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program, in which doctors give patients “prescription coupons” to redeem for fresh produce at farmers markets.