City Program Helping Food Stamp Users Buy More Produce Starts Up Again This Week

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Can you feed a family of 4 on $5 heirloom tomatoes, $8 wedges of chèvre and $25/lb Vashon island lamb?
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To be fair, there is some semi-regular produce available at farmers markets. This short circuits, in a tiny way, the flow of public subsidy dollars to large corporations.

What i would prefer is a medicaid model, where food subsidies would only be reimbursed at a lower rate than retail, and vendors are required to accept them as a condition of doing business in the state.
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@ Troll,
I hear that same BS from people here in Minneapolis too. Waaahhhh farmers markets are sooooo very expensive. Waaahhhhhh! Bullshit! Have you ever been to a farmers market in your life? I got all of my veggies for a week at the farmers market last weekend for under $20. $1 for a bunch of radishes, $5 for 4 avocados and 3 large cucumbers, $3 for a large bag of fingerling potatoes. $3 for a bag of tomatoes. The prices are mostly comparable or even cheaper than the grocery store and the veggies are fresher, tastier and probably healthier than the grocery store.

Those same $5 heirloom tomatoes are available at the farmers market and the grocery store but are not the only tomatoes available at each.
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This article explained the program poorly. I'm on SNAP and used this program yesterday. I "buy" $10.00 worth of tokens with my SNAP funds. This program then gives me a matching $10.00 of vouchers. The program is limited to this $10/$10 amount. The city-funded vouchers are ONLY good for produce, not cheese, fish, meat or other really expensive non-produce stuff. I got $10.00 of extra money to buy fruit and veggies, and I'm enjoying them very much, thank you.