Farmers market reaches out to neediest residents
Staff at the Salem Farmer's Market are doing their part in assisting their neighbors in need. Recently the market began offering a new incentive for residents enrolled in the state's EBT program. APRIL GUILMET
More than a year ago, however, Salem's weekly farmers market began accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards. And this summer, market organizers are taking things a step further with the implementation of the Double Value Token Program.
The state's EBT program allows needy residents to purchase various fresh, frozen and canned grocery items, as well as seeds and plants for growing their own food at home.
That hasn't stopped them from moving forward with the program.
With nearly 1,300 fans on the market's Facebook page, Lang said that if each of those fans donated $1, she'd have more than enough to keep the Double Value program running through the summer.
Officials from Salem and surrounding communities lauded the program for its efforts to assist those in need.
"It's great to support local farmers, and at the same time it's helping people with limited incomes access local food," Scott said.
The farmers market, located at Lake Street Garden Center in Salem, is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Summer market hours will remain the same through late October.
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