"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."
Friday, June 22, 2012
Farmers markets getting money to take food stamps
Emporia Gazette article, June 22, 2012