The federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) have been instrumental in providing low-income food access to the freshest food; and in creating a base line of support for farmers markets to build on.

fmgatheringIn many rural Kentucky communities 25% of the population participate in these programs, representing a significant market impact. While the total number of farmers markets in Kentucky has grown rapidly in the past decade to 162, many are still unable to participate in these programs.

A study by Moody’s Economy showed that an increase of SNAP/Food Stamp benefits by $1 creates a “ripple effect through the economy,” resulting in $1.73 in economic stimulus. In fact, the study showed that expanding these programs is the most effective ways to prime the economy’s pump.

 

The Double Dollars Program delivers two major services:

  1. gives farmers markets customers the ability to double the value of their federal nutrition benefits when used to purchase fresh, local produce
  2. supports the farmers markets in hiring and paying for a dedicated Market Manager

2015 Participating Markets:

  • Adair County – Farmers Market on the Square
    Double Dollars and Market Manager, $4000
  • Boyle County Farmers Market
    Double Dollars, $1500
  • Floyd County Farmers Market
    Market Manager, $2500
  • Franklin County Farmers’ Market
    Double Dollars, $2500
  • Letcher County Farmers Market
    Double Dollars and Market Manager, $4000
  • McCreary Farmers’ Market
    Double Dollars and Market Manager, $4000
  • Metcalf County Farmers’ Market
    Double Dollars, $1500
  • Perry County Farmers Market
    Double Dollars and Market Manager, $4000
  • Whitley County Farmers Market
    Double Dollars and Market Manager, $4000
  • Winchester Clark County Farmers Market:
    Double Dollars and Market Manager, $4000