Update March 31, 2014: The Farmer’s Market Coupon Program will continue this year with a goal of increasing the number of families participating. We hope to raise enough money to provide families with coupons throughout the entire market season. Our partner agency will continue to be the Belknap County Community Action Program’s Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Clinic. They will assist with coupon distribution as well as data collection regarding coupon redemption. Our hope is to use the information we collect to advocate with the state Department of Health and Human Services to reinstate the WIC Farmers’ Market Coupon Program. To make a contribution via our on-line fundraiser, please click here. Contributions can also be sent to our fiscal sponsor, North Country Resource Conservation & Development Area Council, 2 Airport Rd Box 1, Gilford, NH 03249. Checks should be made payable to NCRC&D Area Council with LRFN Veggie Roundup Project noted on the check.
August, 2013:The Lakes Region Food Network has received some funds to provide coupons to families with children, that can be used to purchase vegetables, fruits, and eggs at the Thursday Outdoor Market in Laconia. Each family will receive 2 $5 coupons, which they can use at either or both of the last two markets in September. The goals of the program are to increase access to fresh local food by families with children and support local farmers, while determining the level of interest on the part of the families.
The project emerged out of a conversation about obtaining an Electronic Benefits Transfer terminal for the market, which would enable people receiving SNAP (food stamps) benefits to use those benefits at the market. At the end of the project period we will do a brief survey of families to evaluate the level of interest and perceptions of the market.
To read more about the project, click here.
To learn more about how you can help Lakes Region families have more access to fresh local foods, click here.
Many thanks to our sponsors and cooperating agencies, including North Country Resource Conservation & Development Council (our fiscal sponsor), Belknap County Community Action Program/WIC program, Appalachian Mountain Teen Project, Frates Creative Arts Studio, Full Basket Co-op, Surowiec Farm, Winnipesaukee Woods Farm, Ramblin’ Vewe Farm, and Still Seeking Farm. Funding provided by an anonymous donor who feels passionate about creating access to fresh fruits and vegetables for the families in our community!
This project was funded (in part) by the North Country Resource Conservation
& Development Council, Inc., a 501(c)(3). Funds to cover the value of the coupons redeemed were provided by an anonymous donor.