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Seattle, the NFMA and EBT: News Release

Seattle remains to be one of those cities that goes to prove that great progress can be achieved through combined efforts.  The Mayor of Seattle, Michael McGinn announced on July 30th that the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability and Environment, in partnership with the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA), will be working towards increasing local and healthy food accessibility in the Seattle area. The project, now still in its pilot stage, has been appropriately named the “Fresh Bucks bonus program.”

Beginning on Wednesday, August 1st and running until Monday, October 1st, participating Farmer’s Markets will double the value of purchases made with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) customers.  EBT customers making a minimum purchase of $10 on fruits and vegetables will receive $10 of Food Bucks per day through the Food Bucks program.  The funding, raised through a combination of efforts from JP Morgan Chase, the Seattle Foundation and the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program, aims to unite forces to ensure that healthy, fresh and affordable food options are accessible for all families around the Seattle area.

The NFMA is a non-profit organization with an impassioned drive to bring the state of Washington’s local and fresh farm foods to its people, and has encouraged the use of EBT cards since 1995.

When I received this news from the NFMA, I was instantly impressed and eager to know how the program would go.  Keep checking back for more information on this positive step forward.

Participating markets are located in:

  • Columbia City (Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
  • Lake City (Thursdays, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
  • Phinney (Fridays, 3:00 am -7:00 p.m.
  • University District (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
  • Magnolia (Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
  • Broadway (Sundays, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • West Seattle (Sundays, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Learn more:

The City of Sustainability and Environment

www.seattle.gov/environment

The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance

http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/

http://www.seattlefarmersmarkets.org/events/fresh-bucks-bonus-program-snap-ebt

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