EBT cards offer Harvest Health’ couponsJuly 11,2014
EBT cards offer coupons
BARRE — About 90,000 Vermont residents who qualify for 3SquaresVT assistance will begin receiving Harvest Health coupons, which can be redeemed at farmers’ markets for fresh local food, according to a statement issued this week by Hunger Free Vermont.
Users enrolled in the program can visit booths at farmers’ markets where 3SquaresVT EBT cards are accepted, swipe the card and specify how much of their benefits they would like to spend. They will be given wooden tokens worth $1 each to use at any vendor that sells 3SquaresVT eligible foods, according to the organization. As a bonus for shopping at the market, users will also be given Harvest Health coupons to match their purchases — up to $10 per market day — to help stretch their food dollars.
“The Harvest Health Coupon Project has proven to be a win-win for both 3SquaresVT households who are able to purchase more farm-fresh food and local farmers who are able to market their products to more Vermonters,” the agency noted. “There are now 41 farmers’ markets in Vermont accepting EBT cards, which carry 3SquaresVT benefits. Of these markets, all but one shares Harvest Health coupons.”
A list of the EBT friendly markets can be found at vermontfoodhelp.org, or by dialing 2-1-1. The Harvest Health Coupon Project is coordinated by the Northeastern Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT), with funding from the Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Legislature through the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.
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