From KSTP: Market Bucks helps families fighting hunger at farmers markets
One non-profit is making sure low-income families don’t go without food this summer.
The Food Group’s farmer education program makes sure SNAP purchases can go a long way.
Farmers markets here in the Twin Cities and across the state are participating in the Market Bucks program. The goal is to not only support families fighting hunger but also provides an opportunity for emerging local farmers.
Big River Farms has a stand at the Kingfield Farmers Market.
“I know Market Bucks is a way for low-income families to have better buying power with their EBT cards, and it’s just a way for people to get more fruits and vegetables, so I am all for it,” said Faro Jones, a beginner farmer with Big River Farms.
The Market Bucks program offers a double your SNAP-EBT purchases up to $10 at participating farmers markets.
The program, run by the state, is in its third year and continues to grow.
The Food Group says it’s a win-win for farmers and local families who need it the most.
“For folks who are struggling to afford food, summer is tough because kids are out of school and if they were getting free lunch at school, that’s gone. Families are really struggling to afford the food they need to feed their families and what’s great about Market Bucks is not only does it stretch people’s buying power but also benefits local farmers,” said Sophia Lenarz-Coy with the Food Group.