Briefly noted: Double Up Food Bucks program sees growth; Kansans for Life endorsements

Double Up Food Bucks partners celebrate three years of growth. Representatives of Double Up Food Bucks, the program that extends the purchasing power of food stamps when they’re used on fresh fruits and vegetables, gathered at the Roeland Park Price Chopper to celebrate three years of the program’s growth in the area. Local farmers markets, including the Overland Park Farmers Market, and Balls Foods stores participate in the program. Balls COO Mike Beal said the program is growing in popularity at their stores. “Our customers earned seven times more incentives in June 2018, compared to June 2017,” Beal said. “And the dollars redeemed in June of this year are 20 times higher.”

Kansans for Life PAC releases endorsements in primaries. Kansans for Life’s political action committee earlier this month issued its endorsements in the upcoming primary races. Local candidates endorsed by Kansans for Life are: Tom Cox (Republican, District 17); Cathy Gordon and Eric Jenkins (Republicans, District 18), and Andrew Hurla (Democrat, District 18); James Todd (Republican, District 29); and Wendy Bingesser (Republican, District 30).