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Farmers Markets Get Grants For Food Stamps

Farmers markets across the country will receive grants to expand their participation in SNAP, providing more opportunities for low-income consumers.

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The USDA hopes to make fresh and healthy foods more accessible to low-income consumers through farmers markets.

Low-income consumers will soon have the opportunity to use food stamps at farmers markets across the country.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would provide farmer’s markets with $4 million in grants to participate in SNAP, the federal program commonly known as food stamps.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says the opportunity to accept food stamps would expand farmers markets’ ability to provide fresh and healthy food to everyone, including the estimated 46 million Americans who used food stamps.

The grants will be awarded to each state based on how many farmers markets they have. The technology used to read SNAP debit cards will be provided to markets.

One potential hurdle is accessibility — it can be difficult for low-income families to get to farmers markets in some off-the-beaten-path areas.

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Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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