CORVALLIS, Ore. — Almost 10,000 households in Benton County alone rely on food stamps every month, and on Sunday, organizers of the Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets hosted a barbecue fundraiser to help more people get access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables.
Organizers hosted a summer picnic supper at Willamette Park in Corvallis on Sunday, to help recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The farmers’ markets are raising money to be able to offer more tokens for those who are part of SNAP. With the tokens, SNAP recipients would then be able to purchase healthier foods at the farmers’ markets they might not otherwise be able to afford.
“Everyone should have access to the best fuel for their bodies to make their lives go as well as possible,” said Rebecca Landis, Director of Corvallis-Albany Farmers’ Markets.
Landis says the program also helps the economy and the farmers.
“And I also think they (the farmers) feel good knowing that they are not part of some kind of elitist institution that’s only for a few people who have those kinds of resources,” she said. “We really want to be providing food for the whole community.”
Donations to the program are also accepted at the farmers’ markets. The Albany Farmers’ Market is on Saturdays from 9 a.m – 1 p.m. on 4th and Ellsworth until Nov. 22. The Corvallis Farmers’ Market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m on 1st and Jackson until Nov. 26.
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