Farmers Market Coalition Reports 42% Increase in SNAP Sales at Farmers Markets During 2012
SNAP sales at farmers markets increased nearly 42% between 2011 and 2012, reports Farmers Market Coalition in a recent blog post. This can in part be attributed to the increased number of farmers markets that became authorized SNAP retailers during fiscal year 2012. Farmers Market Coalition also reports additional factors that may have contributed to the increased SNAP sales over the past year. These factors include: the role of the Farmers Market Promotion Programs (FMPP) in funding EBT projects and projects that address increasing healthy food access in food deserts and low-income communities, the allocation of Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) funds to expand the use of wireless technology at farmers markets, as well as the availability of nutrition incentives such as Wholesome Wave’s Double Value Coupon Program.
The Farmers Market Coalition blog post is available here.