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.
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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