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2016 Annual Report

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SNAP-Ed at Farmers Markets a Win-Win

During the spring and summer, Extension and Hunger Solutions Minnesota partnered together reaching out to about 140,000 SNAP households across the state, mailing postcards about farmers markets that accept SNAP/EBT and use Market Bucks. SNAP users were given a “spend $10, get $10” coupon encouraging them to use with their EBT card at farmers markets across Minnesota, thanks to funding from the Minnesota legislature.

market bucks postcardThe Market Bucks program was available at 78 markets and are a win-win for Minnesotans. They help SNAP users stretch their purchasing power and buy more fresh, healthy food and they help local growers sell more of their products. SNAP participants that received the $10 Market Bucks gift certificate reported that Market Bucks "encourages them to visit a farmers market," "makes fruits and vegetables more affordable" and that they "eat more fruits and vegetables" as a result of the Market Bucks program.

Read more about the Market Bucks program.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) — Helping Minnesotans with limited financial resources make the healthy choice the easy choice.

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