Friday, February 26, 2010

Oh SNAP! It's now easier to use food stamps at farmers markets

The Food and Nutrition Service just announced a more streamlined process for approving farmers markets to redeem food stamps (SNAP). Markets no longer need to go through state agencies to operate incentive projects, such as the one HSC, Roots in the City and Michael's Genuine are starting with support from Wholesome Wave. Our market is tentatively slated to begin March 24, and will operate on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 pm. SNAP benefits recipients will be able to double their purchases of fruits and vegetables, up to $10 per market day. This is a model that is being used throughout the country and is making fresh, local produce more accessible to low-income families.

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