"Thanks to a generous donation from Lululemon, a yoga clothing store, Greensboro Farmers Curb Market will continue its doubling of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) withdrawals. The Market’s SNAP matching program provides SNAP recipients access to fresh local foods year round and boosts local farmers’ sales. In addition to the support from Lululemon, the SNAP matching program enjoys continuing support from from Cone Health Foundation, Hillsdale Fund, and Mary Lynn Richardson Foundation. In 2015, SNAP customers withdrew almost $17,000 from their accounts and the Market issued over 4$11,000 in matching funds.
According to 2014 Gallup Poll by the Food Research and Action Center, the Greensboro-High Point area was ranked number one in worst food hardships in Metropolitan Areas at 27.9%. As a hub for local foods, the Market is taking steps to help eradicate food insecurity in Greensboro.
The Market matches SNAP withdrawals $15, meaning a SNAP customer who withdraws $15 from their SNAP account and receives another $15 $30 to spend to purchase fresh produce, fish, meats, eggs, honey, milk, and other eligible food items at the Market.
Greensboro Farmers Curb Market participates in several nutritional assistance programs including (SNAP), Farmers Food Share (FFS), Women Infants and Children (WIC), and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Greensboro Farmers Curb Market dedicated resources to these programs because the Market believes in supporting better health through healthy eating.
About the Market
The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market operates year round on Saturdays 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. and seasonally on Wednesday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. (April 20 – Dec. 28). The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market is operated by the 501c-3 nonprofit Greensboro Farmers Market, Inc. (GFM) on behalf of the City of Greensboro. GFM provides Greater Greensboro with opportunities to purchase and learn about local foods and crafts while interacting with producers and each other in a friendly and diverse social setting.
GFM encourages and supports the growth of local foods and artisan goods businesses to improve Greater Greensboro's economy, support better health through healthy eating and build social and community connections."
- A Press Release