SNAP Fresh partners with Nashville area farmers’ markets and community organizations to promote SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) spending at farmers’ markets. When farmers’ markets serve the SNAP audience, both farmers and SNAP participants benefit. Those who participate in SNAP gain increased access to locally-grown, farm-fresh produce and other healthy food options. While local farmers and small businesses get a boost from the additional revenue SNAP customers bring to their stands. It’s win-win!
SNAP Fresh seeks to build connections in the Nashville to support SNAP/EBT services in each of Nashville’s farmers’ markets. We conduct outreach to spread awareness of the service and partner with organizations who also work with a SNAP audience. If you are interested in learning more about SNAP or SNAP Fresh, partnering with SNAP Fresh to support outreach efforts, or volunteering with SNAP Fresh at a market or other community events- please contact Jackie, our Community Outreach Specialist and coordinator for SNAP Fresh activities.
To promote community health and the local economy, we launched the Double Fresh campaign at the Hip Donelson market in 2013 with the goal of increasing redemption of SNAP benefits at Nashville’s farmers markets. This incentive program matched dollar for dollar all EBT purchases at the market, up to $20 that could be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables.
In the 2013 season, SNAP Fresh reached nearly 50,000 residents in Davidson County, as well as 43 market managers from surrounding counties.