Right around now in the mid-Atlantic region community farmers’ markets are starting up and running throughout the summer. I am a huge fan of farmers’ markets – a great place to get locally grown fruits and vegetables. Stay tuned for updates – I will be doing some cooking demonstrations here in PG county and elsewhere as the summer rolls out….

This past year, I have been volunteering at Unity Health Care giving some nutrition education talks to low income families who struggle to put good food on the table. So, today I am sharing with you this announcement from the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace – one place in the area that’s working on making farmers’ markets accessible to this population. Please take a look, donate and pass it on!

Just $25 dollars can DOUBLE the fruits and vegetables purchased by one low-income family for an entire month. Donate today to help families access healthy, affordable food!

The Columbia Heights Farmers’ Market officially kicked off its 5th season on April 19th. Last year, the farmers market matching funds program provided over $13,000 to make it easier for low-income families to eat healthy and stretch their food budgets. It’s simple. If a customer spends $5 on fruits and vegetables at the market using Federal nutrition benefits like food stamps, we provide an additional $5.

  • $5 in food stamps = $10 in healthy fruits and vegetables
  • $10 in food stamps = $20 in healthy fruits and vegetables

The program reached more than 1,200 families in the last two years alone. But now it needs your help to make sure these families can benefit again this year. See their appeal in the following video:

We need to raise $10,000 by May 21st to ensure that low income families can access healthy, affordable food for the entire 2014 market season.

Every dollar helps, so please donate today. Many thanks for your support, and we’ll see you at the market!

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