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Food stamps now accepted at Island Nutrition Center

By Staff | Oct 6, 2010

The Island Nutrition Center is now equipped to receive food stamps in payment for groceries, including the popular organic food co-op.

“This is a natural step in the development of the co-op,” said Carol Simontacchi of the health food store. “People who use food stamps to purchase groceries should definitely be able to select high-quality, great-tasting, organic produce and other healthy grocery items through this program.”

Food stamps can be used to purchase foods to be prepared at home, including gluten-free products. They cannot be used to purchase non-food items including dietary supplements, herbs, alcohol, or non-food items.

The $20 annual membership fee to join the co-op is not covered under the program. However, joining allows members to purchase the organic produce, eggs and other co-op items at 10 percent above wholesale, bringing the cost of the items offered through the co-op down to comparable level as non-organics.

For more information, contact Carol Simontacchi at the Island Nutrition Center by calling 472-4499 or visiting the store, located at 2330 Palm Ridge Road on Sanibel.