DHHR to Host Pop Up Farmers Market 10-21-15
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) will host a pop-up farmers market on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, in Charleston’s Davis Park. Participating farmers will accept cash, credit, checks and Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards for participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
SNAP provides monthly benefits to help eligible families buy food, and the Department is encouraging greater consumption of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables by partnering with farmers markets and farmers across West Virginia.
“We are pleased to host our second pop-up market in Davis Square, located in downtown Charleston,” said DHHR Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling. “This is a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness and promote incentives such as doubling benefits when the EBT card is used for SNAP purchases. We want families to know they can eat fresh and affordably with help from West Virginia farmers.”
Vendors participating in the pop-up farmers market include: The Bee Keepers' Berry Farm, KISRA and Thankful Valley. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, mums and other products will be available for purchase. A cooking demonstration will also be presented by West Virginia University Extension’s Family Nutrition Program.
The pop-up farmers market will be held at Davis Park, located on Capitol Street, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
SNAP is administered by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources and governed by federal law and regulations of the US Department of Agriculture, Food Nutrition Services. This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
For a list of farmers markets that accept EBT cards, please visit www.wvdhhr.org/ebt.
For more information, contact DHHRCommunications@wv.gov or (304) 558-7899.