As part of their national Double Value Coupon Incentive Program, for 3 years, Wholesome Wave funded our famers' market SNAP matching dollars (up to $20 per person, per market day) when spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. We are now funded through the FINI grant from the USDA as partners with WW and FOG
SNAP was formerly known as food stamps, and gives our most food-insecure neighbors the opportunity to get sufficient daily nutrition. Unfortunately, in most food desert neighborhoods, fresh produce is neither not available or of poor quality. Food is often sold at gas stations, liquor stores, or corner stores which have a predominant stock of processed, nutrient-poor foods.
By bringing a farmers' market to the neighborhood, with fresh, high-quality local produce, offering cooking, health and nutrition education, and accepting SNAP benefits, we can make a difference in nutrition and eating habits of residents.
Feeding Florida is funding our Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) SNAP doubling program at our farmers' markets, up to $40) through a FINIP grant . They've been essential in creating a statewide movement to reduce food access disparities.
Bee Heaven Farm
A USDA-certified organic farm and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. We buy their produce, we sell them our produce, and we have collaborated on workshops and the GROWFEST! . Bee Heaven generously made us the beneficiary of GROWFEST! 2013.
Jesse Trice Center for Community Health
Our partner in health and wellness for the Brownsville/Liberty City/Hialeah areas. They host our Mobile Farmers' Market and offer health screenings, nutrition information, and market tokens to participants of their wellness program. In June 2017 we launched a huge Fruit and Veggie Prescription program with them, to track health changes when families in need are supplied with free fruits and veggies.
Paradise Farms made us the beneficiary of the 2010-2011 season's Dinners in Paradise and donated garden beds for homeless shelters and individual homes in Liberty City and provides organic greens and mushrooms for our farmers' markets.