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.
Florida Organic Growers and Consumers (FOG)
FOG is funding our Veggie Buck ($1 for $1 matching USDA SNAP/EBT/food stamp funds at our farmers' markets, up to $20) for the next 2 years, and is supporter of our mission.
FOG calls these matching dollars Fresh Access Bucks, and we offer them at al of our markets. We both began planting veggie gardens with folks who needed them a few years ago (see GIVE Gardens), without knowing the other existed! How's that for like-mindedness?
Carrfour Supportive Housing
Carrfour Supportive Housing manages the Verde Gardens Project, and allowed us to develop and manage the farm and market components. These visionary partners have set the stage for holistic recuperation of the residents to reestablish their lives! They now directly manage Verde Farm and Market.
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 Brownsville Farmers' Market during winter veggie season (approximately November to April) and offer health screenings, nutrition information, and market tokens to participants of their wellness program.
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.
New Belgium Brewing Co.
Every October NBB brings their Clips Movie festival, and we are the beneficiaries for 100% of the funds raised.
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling Toll-Free (800)-435-7352 within the State. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State of Florida.