A program that gives low-income Minnesotans better opportunities to shop at farmers markets reports record use for 2021.
Market Bucks, run by the group Hunger Solutions, provides matching dollars for SNAP recipients when they spend up to 10-dollars at participating markets.
The Red Wing Farmers Market is 1 of 87 Minnesota farmers markets that accept Market Bucks. Market Manager, Sara George, says this past summer it was a great way to allow struggling households to stock up on fresh foods.
George says the matching aspect of the Market Bucks has been very popular in Red Wing.
Lake City Farmers Market by the Lake and the Wabasha Farmers Market are also enrolled in the Markets Bucks program.
Thanks to a federal grant, customers will see more dollar-for-dollar matches in their purchases starting next summer.