The Board of Trustees of the Montclair Farmers’ Market announces a wonderful health and wellness benefit to the members of our community who need it the most.
Montclair Farmers’ Market vendors accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) checks, and Seniors FMNP (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program) vouchers. Once again, thanks to a partnership with the Partners for Health Foundation and with City Green — a local nonprofit working to improve access to fresh foods in underserved communities — vendors are able to give all SNAP, WIC, and Senior FMNP participants “Double Value” for their dollars.
This means that when a participant spends $10 of their SNAP or their vouchers, they can buy $20 worth of fresh, locally-grown produce and other healthful foods at the Montclair Farmers’ Market. This brings a new level of affordability and access to area residents who are on tight food budgets.
“Good food should be available to all,” said Jennifer Papa, founder and Executive Director of City Green. “People want to buy fresh healthy food; it’s a question of access.”
“We’re all very excited about the second year of this program”, said Eileen Sweeny, a Trustee of the Montclair Farmers’ Market. “Bringing this Double Value Coupon Program — we call it ‘Double Bucks’– to our market will make it easier for all of our neighbors to buy healthy fresh fruits and veggies for their families.”
Montclair was one of the very first towns in NJ with a Farmers’ Market offering this Garden State Good Food Program.
The Board of Trustees is grateful to Partners for Health and City Green, and are honored to be able to ensure that all members of our community can reap the harvest from our regional farmers, and can enjoy the delicious delights of our specialty food artisans.