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Archive for August, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

You Can Support “SNAP 2 It Double Bucks” Program to Bring Healthy Foods to Families in Need

4 Days Left to Donate to SNAP 2 IT Double Bucks!

While our very own North City Farmers’ Market prides itself on providing healthy produce at affordable prices, many of our patrons on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or more commonly known as Food Stamps) still find the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables prohibitive. In an effort to address this, we’ve partnered with many other regional farmers’ markets and Saint Louis University’s Department of Nutrition and Dietetics to bring a unique concept called Double Bucks to the North City Farmers’ Market.

Currently, our market has an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machine so our low-income shoppers can spend their SNAP benefits at our vendors’ booths. A patron comes to the information booth, runs their card through the machine, and is given coins to be spent at the market. The coins can be used at any market day, so if a person does not spend them all in one day, they can come back and spend them the following Saturday.

Here’s how Double Bucks works: A patron using SNAP benefits comes to the North City Farmers’ Market and runs their card through the EBT machine.  Let’s say they run their card for $10. Under Double Bucks, they immediately receive an additional $10, thus doubling their purchasing power at the market!

This is not an experimental concept. Double Bucks programs exist throughout the United States. This program has been in operation for only a few years but has been enormously successful at markets in Kansas City and Detroit, helping low-income shoppers gain access to healthy and affordable fruits and vegetables and helping markets grow and expand. In just a few years the Beans and Greens program in Kansas City grew from 2 markets taking SNAP to over $150,000 in double bucks at 15 markets! By bringing this to the North City Farmers’ Market, our shoppers will be able to purchase more fresh fruits and vegetables and our vendors will see an increase in sales. Everybody wins.

To launch and sustain the Double Bucks program in St. Louis, we’ve created an Indiegogo campaign to help us fund this new endeavor. You can show your support by donating here at Snap 2 It! Help us reach our goal of $3,000 by August 15th!
AND, NOW WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET TO THE FINISH LINE…
We are 75% of the way there and it’s time for that last push. We need to earn $750 by this Friday August 15th to reach our Indiegogo Campaign Goal. SNAP 2 IT will help North City Farmers’ Market patrons using EBT increase their spending power. This will benefit patrons who’ve found the cost of produce to be inhibiting and it will benefit our vendors who will enjoy more revenue and more visitors to the North City Farmers’ Market.

Your support will help our market grow and it will help many residents of Old North gain improved access to fresh and healthy food at an affordable price.  Click HERE to go to SNAP 2 IT! Double bucks program for food stamps to donate and learn more. And remember, the market has 10 more Saturdays for you to come and get some delicious food, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. right in the heart of Old North, at Crown Square!

WHAT'S NEW IN OLD NORTH

Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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