Sweeping yearlong examination of farmers markets nationally finds economic, social and technological roadblocks for SNAP recipients
NEW YORK CITY – (July 15, 2010) – According to a sweeping, independent national study of farmers markets, economic, social and technological barriers prevent many Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants from buying fresh and healthy food at farmers markets in their neighborhoods. This lack of access should be considered not only a fundamental health issue for SNAP participants, but a loss of potential income for farmers. Redirecting existing federal funds, as well as instituting changes at the community level, can minimize these barriers.
Developers of the study unveiled its findings today at Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, a farmers market the researchers consider as a model for community markets selling to SNAP participants.
In “Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets,” which can be downloaded at www.foodsecurity.org or www.farmersmarketcoalition.org, the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) and Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) sought to define and measure the challenges farmers markets face in serving the growing number of SNAP participants nationwide and offer a road...