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SNAP Market Match Program Boosts Local Farmers in Whatcom County- Empowering Communities!

Whatcom County Farmers Market Boosts SNAP Benefits for 2024 Season

Whatcom County Farmers Market Enhances SNAP Support with Dollar-for-Dollar Match

Exciting updates for shoppers at the Whatcom County Farmers Market! Those using SNAP benefits will receive increased support during the 2024 market season. When visiting the Bellingham Farmers Market they’ll now receive a dollar-for-dollar match without any limits. This means they’ll be able to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers. To enable this the county has allocated $50,000 from the American Rescue Plan Act. The aim is to assist local farmers and ensure everyone has access to nutritious food. The SNAP Market Match program facilitates SNAP users in buying healthy produce at farmers markets.

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SNAP Market Match Program Boosts Local Farmers in Whatcom County- Empowering Communities! (PHOTO: USDA)

Twin Sisters Mobile Market Success Inspires Equal Opportunity at Bellingham Farmers Market

This change comes after the success of the Twin Sisters Mobile Market which helped people in areas with little access to fresh food. Now the same good deal is coming to the Bellingham Farmers Market. Last year, the Bellingham market only offered a $25 match which caused fewer people to shop there with SNAP. Anna Martin who runs Osprey Hill Farm and leads the Bellingham Farmers Market Association said many SNAP users were unhappy about this. They knew other markets had better deals and went there instead. Martin wants the market to be fair and open to everyone. To get SNAP benefits in Washington you need to meet certain rules about income and who lives with you. You can apply online or find help from local agencies. But remember, the extra SNAP money can only be used for certain things like fresh fruits and veggies not for things like canned or frozen food or meat.

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