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Food stamps good at markets

Submitted by the Summit County Health Department

The farmers market food stamp program (now known as SNAP benefits) is expanding locally this summer. The L’Oakley Community Market along with the Park Silly Sunday Market are now accepting food stamps (SNAP benefits) at their farmers markets. Beginning June 29 the L’Oakley Market in Oakley will be selling fresh produce through this important program. This will provide an additional avenue for people receiving food stamps to purchase fresh, healthy food in the eastern Summit County area.

Programs that enable food stamp recipients to use their benefits at farmers markets increase access to healthy foods while supporting local farmers and producers. This also boosts the local economy.

Shoppers can use their food stamp benefits at the L’Oakley Community Market being held on Saturdays starting June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The L’Oakley market can be found at 911 W. Center St. in Oakley, across the street from Ken’s Kash. They are also welcome at the Park Silly farmers market on Sundays this summer, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Park Silly farmers market is located at 450 Main St., Park City, in the Post Office parking lot. The nearest bus stop is at the Old Town Transit Center.

At these markets, food stamp recipients can swipe their Horizon (EBT) cards on point-of-sale terminals to purchase tokens that will act like cash at the farmers market. Tokens will be sold in one-dollar increments.

As fruits and vegetables come into season, the farmers market will carry a variety of fresh produce. There will also be cheese, breads, and other locally produced foods available for purchase.

To learn about food stamp eligibility requirements, visit the Utahns Against Hunger website at http://www.uah.org or stop by a local Department of Workforce Services (DWS) office.

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This program is made possible through a partnership between Park Silly Sunday Market, L’Oakley Community Market and Summit County Health Department, with grant funding from the Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, and additional support from Utahns Against Hunger.

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