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Wednesday
Mar292017

Funding Threatened for EBT Matching at Farmers Markets

EBT Tokens in hand

Via a March 26 e-newsletter from the Mill City Farmers Market:

In 2016 Minnesota was the first state to support EBT matching at farmers markets. Now, that funding is being threatened.

Last year, Minnesota farmers markets reported that customers spent $554,745 in SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps) and Market Bucks (a program that matches SNAP benefits up to $10 each week)--including nearly $10,000 at the Mill City Farmers Market. This is a 153% increase from the year before! That funding is currently being threatened in the proposed state budget. 

We know that Market Bucks are a win-win-win for Minnesota. Customers win by being able to stretch their buying power at farmers markets - making fresh, local food more affordable for low-income residents. Farmers win because Market Bucks bring them new customers that would normally not be able to shop at the farmers market. And communities win because research shows that every dollar of SNAP creates $1.79 in economic activity in the community.

Click here for information on how you can contact your Legislators to let them know Market Bucks are too important to cut!

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