In 2008, the phrase “Food Stamps” was changed to “SNAP” – which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – but, whatever you call the food benefits from social services, they’ll continue to be worth twice as much as cold hard cash when used at the High Point Farmer’s Market throughout 2024.
For the fourth year in a row, Bethany Medical and the Lenny Peters Foundation is sponsoring the Farmers Market’s “Double the Bucks” program.
Bethany Medical and the foundation are well known for their good work in the community. Thanks to their donation this year, the market will have the funds to double the value of SNAP customers’ made with an “EBT” card – a government issued electronic benefit transfer card.
Every dollar charged to a SNAP account will be matched dollar for dollar, meaning that those on limited budgets will have access to the fresh and healthy vegetables, baked goods, and herbs the market is known for.
Global Director of the Lenny Peters Foundation John Joyce stated in a Wednesday, Jan. 17 press release that this program is more important than ever due to inflation.
“As much as at any point in time, rising costs and diminishing resources are making it harder for families to eat consistently, let alone healthily,” Joyce said. “The High Point Farmers Market, its vendors and specifically the ‘Double the Bucks’ campaign are an invaluable resource for our community, which remains our honor and duty to support.”
According to Market Manager Lee Gann, last year, over $9,300 in Double the Bucks dollars were reimbursed to fifteen vendors who participated.
The High Point Public Library puts on the High Point Farmers Market at 901 N. Main St. in that city. This year, it will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday from April 20 to October 26.
In addition to food vendors, the market always has craft vendors, live music and a food truck.
An e-newsletter is available with information on seasonal produce and weekly events at the market. To sign up, you can visit www.highpointnc.gov and click the “Notify Me” tab.
For more information about the market, those interested can contact Gann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-689-4463.