Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Arvada’s Farmer’s Market Accepts SNAP/EBT

Communities across the country, and in Jefferson County, are seeing the many benefits of local farmers’ markets. Markets are an opportunity for residents and visitors to purchase fresh produce and often locally-grown produce that is healthy and in season; meet and greet neighbors, business owners and local farmers; and, to learn new recipes or ways of cooking healthier.

EBT/SNAP at Arvada Farmers’ Market
In an attempt to address food insecurity in Boulder and Jefferson County public health agencies are working to build and grow regional capacity for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at farmers’ markets along Colorado’s Front Range and increase SNAP participation in the local food economy. As part of this work, the Arvada Farmers’ Market is now able to accept SNAP/EBT benefits. This is new this summer and allows anyone receiving food assistance (SNAP) to use their EBT card at the Arvada Farmers’ Market to purchase SNAP-eligible foods! This is an exciting change at the Arvada market and will improve access to and availability of healthy, nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables for Jefferson County SNAP recipients.

Nearly 100 farmers’ markets dot the state of Colorado’s landscape. Find out about local farmers’ markets in Jefferson County, go to:

Attention Farmers’ Market Managers!
Ensuring all incomes can shop at farmer’s market is a great way to grow community and support local economies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made expanding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables through farmer’s markets a priority in recent years. Many farmers’ markets across the country now accept SNAP benefits. For more information on this, go to http://coloradofarmers.org/snap/ Apply online to accept SNAP benefits . See if you are eligible to receive FREE equipment to accept SNAP, credit & debit.

For more information about a Jefferson County Public Health project that is working to increase SNAP redemption at Jefferson County farmers’ markets, contact Jenna Metzinger at jmetzing@jeffco.us.

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