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KCBX Two-Way: Budget negotiations could affect food benefits at CA farmers' markets

A customer picks produce at the Fairfield Farmers' Market on June 15, 2023.
Photo by Semantha Norris, CalMatters
A customer picks produce at the Fairfield Farmers' Market on June 15, 2023.

Budget negotiations in the California legislature could lead to major cuts in food benefits for low-income Californians. The cuts would hit a program that lets CalFresh benefits count double at farmers' markets.

KCBX's Benjamin Purper spoke with CalMatters' intern Rya Jetha about which food benefits are on the table and how it could affect CalFresh recipients.

Benjamin Purper was News Director of KCBX from May of 2021 to September of 2023. He came from California’s Inland Empire, where he spent three years as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KVCR in San Bernardino. Dozens of his stories have aired on KQED’s California Report, and his work has broadcast on NPR's news magazines, as well. In addition to radio, Ben has worked as a newspaper reporter and freelance writer.
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