ELIZABETH - Those who use federal nutrition benefits, like the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), will be able to double their dollar at a weekly farmers market.
The Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) received a $500 grant from City Green -- a nonprofit working to improve access to fresh, locally grown food in underserved communities -- to participate in the Garden State Good Food Bucks Program.
Those who make a purchase with assistance benefits at the Elizabeth Avenue Farmers Market will receive a coupon which matches their spending up to $10 a day, said City Green Community Engagement Director Jasmine Moreano.
“It’s definitely an incentive to eat healthier,” said EAP Executive Director David Strochak, whose organization puts on the farmers market each year.
The Elizabeth Avenue Farmers Market is one of 15 markets in the state and one of 300 nationwide to participate in the program. Other benefits, including WIC, CVV or Senior FMNP are also accepted in the Good Food Bucks Program.
“When you’re on food stamps you only get a certain amount per month,” said Moreano of City Green. “So it really allows food stamp customers to have more flexible spending when they shop at a farmers market.”
The farmers market is open to the public, but the Good Food Bucks Program is only available to those who use federal assistance to make a purchase, Moreano said.
Alstede Farms, based out of Chester and one of the largest farmers in New Jersey, will be on hand selling fresh produce. A nut kiosk known as Mr. Knutz will also be a vendor.
This is the 15th year the farmer’s market at Union Square on High Street between Elizabeth Avenue and First Avenue has been running. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday until Nov. 22.