USDA: Food Stamp Spending at Farmers Markets Up ‘Nearly 6-Fold’ Since 2008–A ‘Win-Win’

In a blog posted on Friday on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, the department boasts that food stamp spending at U.S. farmers markets has increased “nearly six-fold” since 2008.

“National SNAP redemptions at those outlets totaled $18.8 million during fiscal year 2014 (Oct. 1 to Sept. 30), a nearly six-fold increase since 2008,” the blog states, calling the increase “a win-win for all.”  (SNAP is the acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the food stamp program.)

“All Americans, including those participating in our nutrition assistance programs, need to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet,” Concannon said.  “America’s farmers have an important role to play in addressing that need in communities across the country.”