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A healthy-eating program for low-income people with diabetes expands

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A healthy-eating program for low-income people with diabetes is expanding. The program, an initiative of Riverhead-based Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk County, is now available across Long Island, after it was first launched in Suffolk County, thanks to a partnership with Stop & Shop.

The Fruit & Veggie Prescription program, which started out at four Suffolk County grocery stores, is now available at Stop & Shops across Long Island, as well as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and elsewhere in New York. That brings the total number of participating stores to about 400.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Stop & Shop to take our Fruit & Veggie Prescription program to new heights,” Vanessa Lockel, executive director of CCE Suffolk, said in a written statement.

“This collaboration not only expands the reach of our program, but also ensures that diabetes patients in our community have

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