For Immediate Release - September 16, 2009

Patrick-Murray Administration Announces Program to Promote the Use of SNAP Benefits at Farmers' Markets

WHAT:

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) and Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will announce a joint program to increase the number of farmers markets that allow customers to use Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) benefits to purchase fresh, locally-grown food. State officials from the two agencies will celebrate the program, which provides $50,000 in grants to farmers markets across the Commonwealth to purchase Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Terminals and promote the use of EBT at farmers' markets. DAR and DTA will also host a healthy cooking demonstration and tasting, and provide information about the nutritional benefits of farmers' markets.

WHO:

  • DAR Commissioner Scott Soares
  • DTA Commissioner Julia Kehoe
  • Local Legislators
  • Lawrence Officials

WHEN:

Wednesday, September 16
1:00 PM

WHERE:

Lawrence Farmers' Market
Appleton Way, Lawrence

DIRECTIONS:

The market is located on Appleton Way, between Essex & Common Sts. at City Hall.

From South: Take I-93 N to exit 44A and merge onto I-495 N toward Lawrence. Take exit 41B toward Lawrence/MA-28. Merge onto MA-28/Union St. Take slight left at South St, then slight right at S Broadway/MA-28. Turn right at Canal St. Canal St turns slightly left and becomes Lawrence St. Turn right at Common St

From West: Take I-495 N and exit 41B toward Lawrence/MA-28 0.3 mi Merge onto MA-28/Union St. Take slight left at South St, then slight right at S Broadway/MA-28. Turn right at Canal St. Canal St turns slightly left and becomes Lawrence St. Turn right at Common St