This is Kathy again. Lindsey had a two-fer today in the paper.
Her front-page story was an update on how area farmers markets were accommodating SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) recipients.
Turns out there is good news.
Many markets accepting SNAP (a slightly cumbersome process involving swiping EBT cards for wooden tokens, spending those tokens at farmers’ stalls, then having the farmers turn the tokens in for money), have seen customers. At the Salem market, since launching the program July 2, the biggest check they’ve written to a farmer for SNAP tokens has been $300.
Program officials see this as a win-win: Farmers get more customers and families on limited incomes now have a way of buying local. What do you think?
Here is Lindsey’s previous story about the program.