Cambridge SNAP Match Coalition
The Cambridge SNAP Match Coalition is dedicated to increasing the buying power of low-income customers who shop with the federal food assistance benefits at Cambridge farmers markets. Those benefits, known as SNAP for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, average $6 per person, per day, provide important but often insufficient support for adequate calories and good nutrition.
By raising funds from private donors – both individuals and institutions – the Coalition matches SNAP shoppers’ expenditures at participating farmers markets with additional credit that they can use at those markets. In this way, $15 in SNAP benefits can, for example, become $30 to spend on good food at these farmers markets.
With this match, we aim to increase the number of SNAP shoppers frequenting our farmers markets. Although prices at markets composed of small producers can indeed be more expensive than groceries from large scale retailers, the goods are fresh, nutritious, and locally grown and should, we believe be accessible to all.
Shopping at farmers markets can help return consumers’ dietary focus to fresh, wholesome, unprocessed foods, which is key to reversing the obesity crisis and its associated health problems.
The Coalition is a joint project of the Cambridge Public Health Department, the City’s Community Development Department, Cambridge Community Center, Food For Free, Harvard University’s Food Literacy Program, Three Square Campaign: Cambridge and Massachusetts Farmers Markets.
While all of these member organizations are themselves non-profits or government bodies, the funds we raise jointly are managed by the Cambridge Community Foundation, a well-respected 501(c)3 organization in our fair city.
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