Here's a smart use of stimulus funds (compared to
): the state of New Mexico will boost food stamp recipients' purchasing power at local farmer's markets, including Santa Fe's.
SANTA FE – Governor Bill Richardson announced today he has committed $50,000 in Recovery Act funds to give New Mexicans who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) more options to purchase fresh food and produce.
“New Mexico families who receive a SNAP benefit will now have more purchasing power at several farmers’ markets across the state as
,” said Governor Richardson. “Families that use their SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets ensure their dollars are being spent locally, which also helps local farmers.”
Forty-seven thousand dollars of the award from the discretionary Government Services Fund will establish a matching program for SNAP recipients that choose to purchase their food at farmers markets.
There are currently 13 farmers markets that have the capability of accepting SNAP benefits through the Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. The additional $3,000 of funding will help encourage SNAP beneficiaries to shop at local farmers markets as well as assist the markets with supplies to accommodate SNAP participation.
“We are pleased to work so closely with the farmers’ markets across the state to help New Mexico families purchase nutritious fresh produce with their SNAP benefit,” said Katie Falls, Human Services Department Secretary. “This additional funding is arriving at a good time, as harvest season is in full swing making it the perfect opportunity for SNAP recipients to learn what’s available with their additional funding.”
The NM farmers’ markets accepting SNAP benefits are:
%uFFFD Silver City Farmers Market - Silver City
%uFFFD Clovis Farmers Market – Clovis
%uFFFD Espanola Farmers Market – Espanola
%uFFFD Downtown Growers Market – Albuquerque
%uFFFD Belen Farmers Market - Belen
%uFFFD El Valle Farmers Market – Ribera
%uFFFD Los Lunas Farmers Market – Los Lunas
%uFFFD Sierra County Farmers Market – Truth or Consequences
%uFFFD Farmington Growers Market – Farmington
%uFFFD Shiprock Farmers Market – Shiprock
%uFFFD Bernalillo Farmers Market – Bernalillo
%uFFFD Edgewood Farmers Market – Edgewood
For example, a family of four with a monthly income below $3,032 would likely qualify.
To find out if your family qualifies for the SNAP program, visit
and click on the “Do I Qualify” icon or call 1-888-473-3676.