Thanks to continued funding from Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council, as well as support from The Farmers Market Federation of New York and the USDA, GrowNYC has established a national model for operating electronic benefits transfer (EBT) aka Food Stamps at farmers’ markets and greatly expanded food access in NYC.
In just seven years, we have gone from accepting EBT at 3 markets in2005, to 50 in 2012. In 2012 EBT sales reached over $800,000—a 80,000% increase from when we started the program in 2005. This tremendous increase demonstrates just how great a need and desire exists in New York City for fresh, healthy food. Additionally, EBT has become a critical supplement to farmers who depend on these markets for survival, with some participating farmers reporting that EBT sales comprise between 25-50% of their total income.
GrowNYC’s nutrition and wellness initiatives, the Federal Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks, as well as the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Health Buck Program, are the cornerstone of ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to nutritious and fresh products grown on family farms in the New York region.
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