In 2013 the Shoreline Farmers Market raised funds to support a matching program for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) eligible customers in our community - helping introduce them to the market, stretch their dollars a bit further and encourage purchases of healthy locally grown food for their families. This was based off of a successful program (Fresh Bucks) that was in place at select Seattle farmer's markets. The idea is, shoppers who have SNAP can have their first $10 matched at any and every market during the season. In 2014 and 2015, we ran out of funds but continued to honor requests for the popular and important program out of our own budget - which was worth every penny!
In 2016 we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a place in the Fresh Bucks program, with funding for the next 3 market seasons! This will allow us to more actively market and promote this program to our community, increase our ceiling for matches per season by a big number and ultimately support a healthy local food system for all in our community. This also means that eligible SNAP customers could receive up to $180 worth of additional produce over the course of the 2016 season. Be on the lookout for more information regarding this program in the coming weeks. Please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thanks to all that made this a reality at our market!
The Shoreline Farmers Market is proud to be starting a Power of Produce (POP) Kids Club this market season. We all know good habits start young. The POP program will provide kids with their own POP Bucks to spend on fruits, vegetables and plant starts of their choice. This program is for any and all children that visit the Market, and they are encouraged to participate weekly. The kids can partake in activities revolving around produce and farm production. This video from the Oregon City Farmers Market is an awesome example of a successful POP program. Please feel free to contact us with questions or to volunteer your talents helping kids connect with the power of produce! Follow the link below to volunteer. To find out more about the national POP Program please visit the Farmers Market Coalition website. Thanks everyone!