CalFresh-Eligible families turn $10 into $20 for fruits/veggies at Dinuba farmers' market
DINUBA – Kicking off Friday, June 9, and every Friday through Aug.
11, families using $10 in CalFresh benefits at the Dinuba Farmers’
Market will get an additional $10 to purchase even more locally-grown
fruits and vegetables. The match is available thanks to a grant from the
Ecology Center in Oakland, which was awarded to Kaweah Delta Health Care
District to oversee Market Match, California’s healthy food incentive
program. In addition, local funding from the Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation
was provided to assist with the development of education and outreach
activities in Dinuba and surrounding communities to increase awareness
of this program.
The program matches low-income customers’ federal nutrition assistance
benefits at farmers’ markets empowering them to make healthy food choices.
Market Match can be used at the Dinuba Farmers’ Market, which takes
place from 6-9 p.m. every Friday from June 9-Aug. 10, at 289 S. L St.,
in downtown Dinuba. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the market
provides nutrition education and informational booths, along with live
entertainment, arts, crafts, and children’s activities.
In addition to electronic benefits transfer (EBT), commonly known as food
stamps, the Dinuba Farmers’ Market accepts fruit and vegetable nutrition
program vouchers (FMNP) issued by WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and
Area Agency on Aging senior program.
The Dinuba Certified Farmers Market is celebrating its fourth year after
it was established by a collaborative effort of the Network Leaders on
the Move, Tulare County Partnership (NLOM). The collaborative is comprised
of local government, profit and non-profit agencies and resident leaders.
The committee meets monthly to strategize and coordinate Dinuba’s
annual seasonal farmers market. The revitalized Dinuba Certified Farmers
Market has reached many surrounding communities labeled as food deserts
(areas lacking access to healthy foods).
Along with the certified farmers’ market, various partnering agencies
have emphasized the importance of good nutrition using MyPlate curriculum.
They have also stressed the importance of daily physical activity such
as free Zumba classes and walking clubs offered by volunteer resident leaders.