CalFresh eligible families get $20 in fruits/veggies for $10 at Dinuba Farmers Market
DINUBA – Starting Friday, June 15, families using $10 in CalFresh
benefits, also known as electronic benefits transfer (EBT), at the Dinuba
Farmers’ Market will get an additional $10 to purchase even more
locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
This additional $10 offer will be available through Friday, Aug. 3, thanks
to a grant from the Ecology Center in Oakland. Kaweah Delta Health Care
District is overseeing Market Match, California’s healthy food incentive
program. The program matches customers’ federal nutrition assistance
benefits at farmers’ markets to empower low-income customers to
make healthy food choices.
Market Match can be used at the Dinuba Farmers’ Market, which takes
place from 6-9 p.m. at 289 S. L Street in downtown Dinuba. In addition
to fresh fruits and vegetables, the market will offer nutrition education
and informational booths, healthy recipe sampling, along with live entertainment,
arts, crafts, children’s activities, and opportunity drawings. Opening
night will feature Balazzo, a local band that plays Tejano-style music.
In addition to EBT, the Dinuba Farmers’ Market accepts Farmers Market
Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers issued by WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
and Area Agency on Aging senior programs.
The Dinuba Certified Farmers Market, celebrating its fifth year, 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 the 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
and the importance of daily physical activity such as free Zumba classes
and walking clubs offered by volunteer resident leaders.