Access to Healthy & Locally Grown Food Soars at Tillamook County Farmers Markets in 2016
The results are in: There was a 61% increase over last year in low-income food purchases at Tillamook County Farmers Markets. Food Roots and the Tillamook County Farmers Market Network (Manzanita, Tillamook, Pacific City and Neskowin Markets) partnered with The Farmers Market Fund to increase healthy and fresh food access to SNAP (formerly called food stamps) participants.
Participants received a $10 match in market food bucks when they spent $10 in SNAP at our county’s farmers markets. Only fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, beans and cut herbs were eligible for the Double Up Food Bucks matching dollars.
In Tillamook County, SNAP shoppers purchased nearly $10,000.00 in local food through this programming over the 3 month-long market season; money which supports our farm businesses and stays in our community. Participant surveys found that DUFB in 2016 greatly increased attendance at the farmers markets, access and consumption of diverse fresh fruit and vegetables, and decreased the amount of processed food participants consumed. Learn more about this program here.Read More