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!