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Friday, June 22, 2012

Farmers markets getting money to take food stamps

Emporia Gazette article, June 22, 2012

"Locally, the Emporia Farmers Market has matched more than $3,000 since beginning the program in 2009, but not with federal funds. A gift from the Emil Babinger Charitable Trust has allowed the market to provide $2 for spending on fresh produce and food items at the market for every $1 debited from a state of Kansas Vision card. Use of the SNAP benefits program at the Emporia Farmers Market has gone for 3 to 4 users in the beginning (per market) to a steady 5 to 9 users, according to market director Tracy Simmons. “SNAP participation at farmers’ markets helps provide fresh fruit and vegetables to families and expands the customer base for local farmers — a win-win for agriculture and local communities,” she said in an interview in 2011."