09 May '12, 5pm

Thousands more farmers markets will soon take food stamps

Thousands more farmers markets will soon take food stamps

Does Grist food news knock off your socks? Leave a tip in our farmbox. (Why are we rhyming in phrases so terse? Grist’s been cursed by verse! ) Photo courtesy of the USDA. When it comes to giving more people access to fresh, healthy food, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned a great deal of its focus in recent years toward farmers markets. And, more specifically, opening farmers markets up to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or “food stamp” users. In fact, the agency reports, spending at farmers markets under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has already jumped by 400 percent since 2008 — and that’s with less than a quarter of the country’s 7,000 markets participating in the program. “That’s a huge transformation in the farmers market world, in terms of people being able to feel like they’re invited to the party,” USDA deputy se...

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