Local Farmers' Market Now Accepting SNAP Cards

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- The Staunton/Augusta Farmers' Market will now accept food stamps.

The farmers' market is ready accept SNAP and EBT cards when it reopens in April.

John Oakes, the market's treasurer, said accepting the cards will help address a need here in the Valley.

"We've had some people ask about it. Some city officials kind of wanted to see us do the SNAP program, so we're going to try. It gives people who don't normally shop at the market an opportunity to buy fresh and local produce," said Oakes, "If you compare prices to a lot of the grocery stores, it's not that much difference in what you actually pay for. The vendors they work hard for what they do, and the quality is better than you'll find at the supermarket."

About 7,000 households in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County receive assistance from the SNAP program, according to Shenandoah Valley Social Services.

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