BENEFITING: CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
HELP EVERYONE ACCESS FRESH LOCAL FOOD, ALL WINTER LONG!
Help us raise funds to provide farm fresh food this winter! The Cambridge Winter Farmers Market will have a gap in funding for SNAP recipients this winter and you can help.
Since 2014, the Cambridge SNAP Match Coalition has successfully raised funds to provide extra funding to shoppers at three Cambridge farmers markets. Shoppers who are purchasing fresh food with SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as “food stamps”) are eligible for Cambridge SNAP Match funds up to $15 in match per shop, enabling them to buy $30 in local food for just $15 in SNAP funds. Also, the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), administered by the state for SNAP recipients, provides extra funds for fruits and vegetables, bringing even more shoppers to the Farmers Markets. HIP funding, provided by state, federal, and private funding, will disappear for March and April. This will leave shoppers with fewer funds to purchase fresh, local, healthy foods. Anticipating this gap in funding for healthy food during this winter - the most food-insecure months of the year - the Cambridge SNAP Match Coalition would like to raise extra funds to fill that gap for shoppers. We hope that shoppers will continue to be able to buy fresh and local food for their families at current levels, and keep the money in the local economy! These funds have significantly boosted sales for farmers and dramatically increased access to healthy, fresh, and local food for low-income families and individuals.
The SNAP Match funds are available to three markets: The Central Square Farmers Market and the Harvard Market in summer and the Cambridge Community Center, Cambridge Winter Farmers Market. The Winter Market will be opening its doors every Saturday, January 5 - April 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Cambridge Community Center (5 Callender Street, Cambridge, MA). The Winter Farmers Market will once again be providing the opportunity for all shoppers to access New England’s bounty, from root vegetables to artisan cheeses to delicious apples and pears.
Will you help us do this? Thank You!
Here’s what SNAP customers in Cambridge are saying about SNAP matching:
“You would have to be crazy to not love the SNAP Match program. It provides me with the opportunity to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables” – Cambridge Elderly Resident “I love the SNAP Match program because it helps me buy more fruits and vegetables for my family. I love to cook and provide my family with healthy vegetables. SNAP Match helps me because I can plan what I am going to cook for my family every week based on the affordable produce at the farmers market.” – Cambridge Mom “The SNAP Match program helps me with buying more nutrient rich food. It is more difficult to afford fresh food from supermarkets so it’s great to have this opportunity from SNAP Match” – Cambridge Student “At farmers markets you can get more food for cheaper. SNAP Match is like a supplement, it really makes the difference between eating and not eating every week” – Disabled Cambridge Resident *Participating Cambridge Farmers Markets include: Harvard Yard Farmers Market, Central Square Farmers Market, and the Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
**The Cambridge SNAP Match Coalition is a collaboration of the Cambridge Public Health Department, the City of Cambridge Community Development Department, Food for Free, Mass Farmers Markets, Harvard University, the Cambridge Community Center, and the Cambridge Community Foundation (acting as the coalition's fiscal sponsor).
*** HIP, the Healthy Incentives Program, is a statewide program that provides additional funding to SNAP recipients for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables. It was recently decided that funding for HIP will be paused on February 28, 2019 and it is not expected to be reinstated until late May or June 2019.