Capito, Manchin Announce $704k to Support Local Farmers, Encourage Healthy Food Purchases among Snap Participants

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $650,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition for the West Virginia Lettuce Support SNAP Stretch project. This funding is allocated through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 and will work to incentivize and increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among families participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The project also supports both local West Virginia farmers and families by allowing their SNAP dollars to

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Special dinner highlights, supports Rochester Farmers Market

Heading up the event is Mike Schmitt, president of Friends of the Farmers Market, and Abby Shepler, market manager, along with the Rochester Downtown Alliance. It takes place at The Castle (121 N. Broadway) from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $125 and can be purchased from www.eventbrite.com.

Schmitt explained how this event came to be (not unlike presenting on “Shark Tank”).

“The Alliance was wanting to add an event to Rochester that would involve the community and its businesses,” he said. “Market supporters brainstormed among ourselves and came up with the idea of a dinner prepared by local chefs

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These Black farmers provide more than healthy food

The Black Farmers’ Market draws entrepreneurs and shoppers on a mission for more racial equity and a sense of community.

By Chiung-Wei Huang

Dawn Henderson just had a fruitful shopping trip to the Black Farmers’ Market in Durham.

Her bag was packed with meat and vegetables. Often on her trips to the Durham site, which is open once a month, she picks up one of the many types of honey and desserts available there.

Visiting farmers markets is part of Henderson’s routine, and she really likes the concept of the Black Farmers’ Market. That’s why she has become a regular

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Knott County Farmer’s Market giving community members a chance to eat healthy on food stamps

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) – It was not a typical gathering at a local farmer’s market in Knott County on Tuesday.

“We try at least a few times every summer to have two days…we bring in live music, have food vendors,” Kelsey Cloonan said. “Just have it more of like a community celebration and gathering.”

Staff at the Hindman Settlement School joined forces with the Knott County Farmer’s Market to give back to the community with fresh meat, dairy, eggs and produce.

“Everybody’s excited about it and a lot of people (are) talking,” Jimmy Calhoun said. “We’re just all happy to

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Farmers markets are growing their role as essential sources of healthy food for rich and poor

For many Americans, buying fresh local food at one of the estimated 9,000 farmers markets across the U.S. is one of summer’s pleasures. But farmers markets aren’t just nice amenities. Over the past 18 months, many have filled food supply gaps caused by COVID-19 shutdowns.

While numerous farmers markets shut down at the start of the pandemic, many soon reopened under state or local guidelines that mandated masks, social distancing and other precautions.

When grocery store supply chains were disrupted, consumer interest in local foods spiked, along with concerns about exposure to the coronavirus while shopping. Farmers market managers

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