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Double Your Cash at Local Farmers' Market

The USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program provides grants to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to create incentives for food stamp recipients to shop at farmers' markets and other fresh food outlets. (Frenchtown Farmers Market)
The USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program provides grants to state and local governments and nonprofit organizations to create incentives for food stamp recipients to shop at farmers' markets and other fresh food outlets. (Frenchtown Farmers Market)
November 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Farmers' markets are pulling out all of the stops as a guilt free alternative as many people stuff themselves silly during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Known for their healthy fresh produce, meats and dairy, farmers' markets are now attracting low-income families with incentives through various food aid programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) assistance program.

Michael Lipsky, a senior fellow at Demos, a public policy organization, says there is a universal benefit to government programs such as the USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive program, which offers grants to state and local organizations. They in turn offer things such as double the cash benefit for buying healthy foods.

"I'm very encouraged by these experimental efforts that recognize that in order for farmers' markets to work for everyone, public subsidies have to be used in order to make farmers' markets affordable," Lipsky states.

In each of the last two years, the Food Insecurity Nutrition program provided more than $16 million to draw SNAP recipients into farmers' markets by increasing the value of SNAP benefits when food stamp recipients shop there.

Lauren Chappell, market and value chain manager for the Frenchtown Farmers Market in Tallahassee, says thanks to the Florida Organic Growers, her market has the Fresh Access Bucks program, which doubles the value of SNAP benefits for locally sourced foods.

"Usually it's up to $20, but until the end of December, it's up to $40,” she states. “So we're giving you free money to buy fresh fruits and vegetables – Florida-grown fresh fruits and vegetables. "

Chappell says Frenchtown Farmers Market is fortunate to have support from private donors and the U.S. Department of Agriculture supplemental nutritional grants. She encourages support of those programs so her market can continue to serve up healthier food options.


Trimmel Gomes, Public News Service - FL