The Newark Farmers Market at Canal Market District is continuing their partnership with the statewide Veggie SNAPS program for the 2017 season. Veggie SNAPS provide low-income customers who receive SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) with up to $10 in matching market tokens to shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers markets Tuesdays and Fridays. The program is intended to make healthier food choices more accessible for low-income customers.
More than half of those participating in the Veggie SNAPS program said they got most of their fruits and vegetables from the farmers market last year.
“Healthy eating is so important for health and well-being, and we believe that everyone should have access to the best produce available, regardless of income,” said Canal Market District Director Jazz Glastra. “This program helps people eat better and stretch their budgets by providing extra resources specifically for fresh produce.”
In 2016, the Canal Market District was one of the leading markets in the Central Ohio region participating in the Veggie Snaps program. The Canal Market District provided over $2,000 in matching funds through Veggie SNAPS in just the last two months of the farmers market. The program will run through the entire 2017 season.
GET YOUR BONUS VEGGIE SNAPS TOKENS
To participate in the program SNAP customers can visit the market director’s table in the main pavilion at the Canal Market District and swipe their SNAP/EBT card in exchange for Veggie SNAPS tokens to be used for fruit and vegetable purchases in the market. They will also receive matching bonus tokens, up to $10 each market day.
ALSO, WIC FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM BEGINS JULY 7
Access to Canal Market District healthy food programs also extend to the state’s WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) which begins July 7. WIC participants receive five-dollar coupons with which to purchase authorized fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs at farmers’ markets and farm stands. In partnership with the Licking County Health Department, and the Creating Healthy Communities Program, the farmers market accepts the WIC FMNP coupons. To use the coupons at the farmers market customers can hand them directly to the vendor to purchase products.
The Veggie SNAPS and WIC programs are also beneficial for the local economy. These programs help expand vendors’ customer base and provide revenue for local growers. In addition to helping low income shoppers, Veggie SNAPS and WIC makes healthy local farming more financially sustainable for local growers. The Veggie SNAPS and WIC programs will help ensure the long-term success of the farmers market for downtown Newark.
The Newark Farmers Market at Canal Market District is open Tuesdays and Friday from 4pm to 7pm through October.