CalFresh eligible families get $20 in fruits/veggies for $10 at Dinuba Farmers Market
CalFresh eligible families get $20 in fruits/veggies for $10 at Dinuba
Dinuba-certified Farmers’ Market celebrates its 6th annual season
in battling obesity
DINUBA – Starting Friday, June 14, 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. 2, thanks
to a grant from the Ecology Center in Oakland awarded to Kaweah Delta
Health Care District, which is overseeing Market Match California’s
healthy food incentive program. The program matches customers’ federal
nutrition assistance benefits at farmers’ markets to empower EBT
customers to make healthier food choices.
Market Match can be used at the Dinuba Farmers’ Market, which takes
place from 6-9 p.m. every Friday from June 14-Aug. 2 at 289 S. L Street
in downtown Dinuba. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, the market
will offer themed nights with all nutrition education, physical activity,
health screenings and opportunity drawings concentrated on these themes.
Themes include Kids’ Day, Parents’ Day, Friends & Family
Night, Taco Thrown down and Back to School Night. 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.
“We know that many families in Tulare County are struggling with
rising food and health care costs and they want to be healthier. Our market
produce is already very affordable and fresh because everything is locally
grown. Getting double your money is an incredible deal on many levels,”
said Eustolia Zamora-Bonilla, a Community Health Worker for Kaweah Delta’s
Community Outreach Department, who is also a founder of Network Leaders
on the Move, Tulare County Partnership (NLOM), which established the Dinuba
Certified Farmers Market.
In addition to EBT, the Dinuba Farmers’ Market accepts fruit and
vegetable nutrition program vouchers (FMNP) issued by Women, Infant, and
Children (WIC) and the Area Agency on Aging senior program.
The Dinuba Certified Farmers Market is celebrating its sixth year and was
established by 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).