EBT/SNAP shoppers can double their dollars when purchasing fresh food, only at participating farmers markets.
In 2013, only about one in every four farmers markets nationally reported accepting SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). Not only is Norcross Community Market starting off accepting SNAP, but this new farmers market earned a first year grant from Wholesome Wave Georgia to provide most of the doubled dollars. The balance of the funds to underwrite this important health and nutrition program have to come from the community. In year two, most of the funds used for doubling must come from the community if the program is to be sustainable.
The purpose of Wholesome Wave is to provide access to wholesome, locally-grown food at producer-only farmers markets. In addition to increasing access to good food for improved health, the program supports farmers using sustainable growing practices and contributes to the local food economy. In fact, locally owned retailers (including farmers at markets like ours) return more than 3 times their sales to the local economy compared to chain competitors.
The average monthly benefit in FY 2014 for Georgians according to published reports was $121.30. That is only about $4.00 per day per person for food. Doubling those dollars is a huge financial benefit to those in need. And there is the benefit to health also. “…children in families receiving SNAP were significantly more likely to be classified as ‘well’ than young children whose families were eligible but did not receive SNAP.”
Help improve access to healthy locally grown food in the federally designated food desert census tracts in our Norcross area. Donate now to help cover administrative expenses and the local share of the doubling program.