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Planting Seeds A SNAP: Some Unaware Of Food Stamp Benefit

As demand for food stamps rise, educating those in need and those accepting SNAP benefits becomes crucial.

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How does your garden grow? SNAP benefits don't just cover food, but seeds and plants too.

In the age of increasing dependence upon food assistance, some farmers’ markets accept food stamps. But did you know the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can also be used to raise a garden?

Many are unaware SNAP covers gardens. Graduate student Daniel Simon decided to change that with the nonprofit SNAP Gardens.

SNAP Gardens has produced posters in several languages to spread the word plants and seeds are available, which can be especially helpful at farmers markets. Even though vendors are becoming aware of SNAP benefits at the markets, many don’t know the benefits cover seeds as well.

The USDA established the SNAP-Ed Connection to help SNAP providers assist their patrons, complete with recipes and nutrition help.

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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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