Farmers Market Accepting SNAP Customers

By: Bergen Baucom Email
By: Bergen Baucom Email

The Marianna City Farmers Market is a produce favorite for people in the and outside of the Jackson County area. This year, people of all income levels can enjoy the farm fresh produce.

For the first time in thirty years, the market will accept SNAP or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, better known as food stamps.

And in an area with a 7.2 unemployment rate, combined with a national increase on the price of food, the change was welcomed.
Though the area unemployment rate is dropping,
"It does not indicate the number of people who are under employed" said Kenny Griffin, Business Services Coordinator for the Chipola Regional Workforce Development Board.

"We have had people come in who have never been unemployed, and for the first time they're having to file for unemployment" Griffin said.

But the changes will not just benefit people in the SNAP program.
Farmers say this will give people in the community an opportunity to meet and know their farmers. He hopes accepting SNAP will help people stretch their dollars and give them a tasty return on investment.

"Offering SNAP at the market "opens up another avenue for people to obtain fresh and nutritious product that are home grown and locally grown by our own farmers. It's a win-win" Griffin said.

The Marianna City Farmers Market will opens Saturday and is expected to run through December.


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