The Broome County Regional Farmers Market is excited about a new program that will create more incentive to buy locally grown produce to local farmers markets

According to a news release from Cornell, a grant from the Field and Fork Network will help provide some extra benefits to SNAP / EBT customers (formally the Food Stamp Program)

The program is called Double-Up Bucks and can be used to purchase up to $20 in additional money towards the purchase of NYS grown fruits and vegetables.

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In the release Broome County Regional Farmers Market Manager Josh Miner said “What an awesome program! Giving more people access to fresh fruits and vegetables is important to the health of the community

Nutrition Program Manager Tara Kenyon said “Spending SNAP dollars at our Farmers Market supports our local farmers and economy directly while at the same time providing fresh and nutritious produce for families to consume at home."

 This program has gotten approval from local farmers who see it as a way to grow our local economy while helping to feed families in need during a time when food insecurity is high.

 

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