The SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps, are a form of government assistance that helps low-income individuals and families purchase food. For 8 years now, with the help of federal and local grants, the Charles Town and Shepherdstown Markets have doubled SNAP benefits, providing a way for low-income individuals and families to access fresh, healthy food.
By accepting SNAP benefits, farmers markets are helping to make fresh, healthy food more accessible to everyone, regardless of income. This benefits not only low-income individuals and families but also the local farmers and producers who rely on farmers markets as a vital source of income. Our local program has been one of the most robust and sustainable in the country bringing nearly a half million dollars to the markets over the last 8 years. The Freedoms Run grant program, the amazing market managers, and the Eastern Area Health Education Center are making this possible!
Program info: WVFresHealthyBucks.com. The Charles Town Farmers Market is open every Saturday (from April 15), 9 to noon, operating at the 100 block of South Samuel Street. The Shepherdstown Farmers Market is open every Sunday (from March 19), 9 to 1, operating behind the old Market House at King and German Streets.By Staff Contributor