FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Queen Anne Farmers Market Announces Double Dollar Days
Program Doubles the Value of Food Stamps,
Increasing Access to Farm-Direct Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Seattle, WA – Sept. 7, 2011 – Queen Anne Farmers Market (QAFM) announced today the start of a new program to give shoppers using Food Stamps more purchasing power at the farmers market. The new program, called Double Dollar Days, will provide a dollar-for-dollar match for up to $15 when shoppers use their EBT cards at QAFM on September 15th and 22nd.
To take part, shoppers simply go to the market’s Information Tent to have their EBT Card processed, receiving tokens that can be spent with vendors. On Double Dollar Days, September 15th and 22nd, the market will match, dollar-for-dollar up to $15, the amount that customers use from their EBT card. (Once per market day, while supplies last.) Shoppers can save any unused tokens for a later day.
Customers can then visit market booths and use their tokens with individual farmers and food processors. Tokens can be used according to Federal Food and Nutrition Services rules to purchase fruit, vegetables, meat, bread, eggs, honey, cheese and baked goods. Funds can also be used to buy seeds and edible plant starts. Tokens first serve an individual or family in need by providing fresh food – and then puts money in the pocket of a local farmer.
More than 1000 Queen Anne households participated in Washington State’s Basic Food program in 2010. Statewide enrollment has grown by more than 48 percent in the past two years.
QAFM is sponsoring this year’s match with the help of a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant. The market would like to continue offering Double Dollars Days in 2012. “We want to expand the program next year and we’re open to the community’s ideas for being creative about funding,” said QAFM Steering Committee member Dr. George Counts. “This is a great opportunity to support the health of our residents, while boosting local farms and products here in Washington.”
About Queen Anne Farmers Market
The Queen Anne Farmers Market is a non-profit farmers market built by the community for the community. The market takes place every Thursday, from June 2-October 6, 2011, at West Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave., 3:00-7:30 p.m. and features farm vendors and other local food producers. QAFM features a dynamic roster of live music, chef demos, and children’s activities. The QAFM is sponsored by Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth. Find us on: www.qafma.net, Facebook.com/QAFarmersMkt and Twitter.com/QAFarmersMkt.
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