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Low Income New Yorkers Using Food Stamps At Local Greenmarkets

November 23, 2009

NYCCAH Executive Director Joel Berg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn praise Food Stamp use at local greenmarkets.  Allowing low income New Yorkers to spend their food stamp benefits at greenmarkets not only provides affordable fresh produce, it also gives a boost to local farmers.

Low Income Patrons Boost Greenmarket Mission

A new report finds food stamp use at greenmarkets across the city has more than doubled over the past year.City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says food stamp spending at local greenmarkets has reached more than $226,000 — up from about $100,000 in 2008.

The dramatic increase is a result of bolstered funding for Electronic Benefit Transfer stations, which allow vendors to scan and accept food stamps.

“If you make fresh food economically affordable and physically available, low income people will eat it in droves,” said New York City Coalition Against Hunger Executive Director Joel Berg.

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