Program Providing Access to Local Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Expands for 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michele Mooney
(614) 620-1507
Michele@irvinpr.com

(Columbus, OH)—Franklin Co. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) customers can double their dollars when shopping for fresh Ohio-grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets through Veggie SNAPS.

Veggie SNAPS is a program supported in part by the City of Columbus and Franklin County Commissioners that provides SNAP customers up to a $10 match per visit when shopping at 12 participating farmers markets for local fruits and vegetables.

SNAP customers who spend their benefits at the participating farmers markets will receive a dollar for dollar match, up to $10, in Veggie SNAPS tokens. Veggie SNAPS are redeemable for fruits and vegetables.

“Providing a financial incentive allows people on fixed incomes enrolled in SNAP the opportunity to purchase more nutritiously dense, locally grown foods, which ultimately benefits the health of our community while positively impacting local farmers,” said Amy Bodiker Baskes, Veggie SNAPS Program Manager.

Veggie SNAPS began in 2014 with six participating farmers markets. The program is offered at twice as many locations this year.

Participating Farmers Markets for 2016

Market Date(s) Time
Bexley Farmers Market Thursdays, May 19-Oct. 20, 4-7 p.m.
Clintonville Farmers Market (Summer) Saturdays, April 30-Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-Noon
Clintonville Farmers Market (Winter) Wednesdays, July 6-Sept. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Columbus Public Health Farmers Market Thursday, July 28, Aug, 4 and 11 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dublin Farmers Market Wednesdays, May 4-Sept. 28 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Fayette Co. Farmers Market Saturdays, May 14-Oct. 22
Wednesdays, May 18-Oct. 26
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Franklin Park Conservatory Wednesdays, June 1-Sept. 7 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Franklinton Produce Market Tuesdays, May 3-Oct. 25 3-7 p.m.
Nationwide Children’s Farmers Market Tuesdays, July 19-Sept. 27
(every other Tuesday)
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
North Market Farmers Market Saturdays, May 7-Dec. 10 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Pearl Market Tuesdays & Fridays, June 3-Oct. 11 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Westgate Farmers Market Saturdays, June 4-Oct. 15
(1st and 3rd Saturday)
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Worthington Farmers Market Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 29 8 a.m.-Noon
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