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Local farmers market to add SNAP program

Courtesy: Johns Island Farmers Market Courtesy: Johns Island Farmers Market
JOHNS ISLAND, SC (WCSC) -

The James Island Farmers Market will start to accept SNAP in a few months.

The Department of Agriculture awarded a nearly $250,000 grant to a project that seeks to increase usage of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.  Farmers markets on Johns Island and in Travelers Rest in Greenville County were named as sites to eventually implement a model currently used at the successful Hub City Farmers Market in Spartanburg.

“We are thrilled to be given this opportunity to reach a broader range of people in our local community,” Johns Island Farmers Market Manager Fraiser Block said in an e-mail message.  “We want the Johns Island Farmers Market to be a place where everyone can make more sustainable choices for not only their diet, but the local economy as well.”

A spokesperson with Eat Smart Move More SC said the implementation of the SNAP program at the Johns Island Farmers Market will likely begin in the spring.

The Johns Island Farmers Market operates at 3546 Maybank Highway on Saturdays from 10am until 2pm.

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