Farmers Market Flash – About Us

Program Contact: Shannon Bachtel, Project Coordinator
(360) 428-4270 ext. 229 • Shannon.Bachtel@wsu.edu

In collaboration with Community Action of Skagit County, WSU Extension has received a Farmers Market SNAP Support Grant (FMSSG) for the “Farmers Market Flash” pilot project. The focus of Farmers Market Flash is to engage limited-resource seniors and families with children to become frequent shoppers at their local farmers market. Seniors and families with children receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are often underrepresented in farmers markets–Our goal is to change that and promote a farmers market that is inclusive for everyone, regardless of income.

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The grant funding will provide training and technical assistance for farmers markets to better facilitate Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) transactions, as well as promote SNAP participation at these locations through the implementation of community-focused activities, both on- and off-site. Skagit County WSU Extension anticipates that this 3-year pilot project will result in greater SNAP redemption rates through the development of more inclusive, resilient farmers markets.

 

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This material is based upon work that is supported by the Food and Nutrition Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number FMSSG-1511944071

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture