The Lynchburg Community Market, 1219 Main Street, is pleased to announce that a $5,000 grant received from the Virginia Department of Health will allow the Market to offer double dollar tokens for SNAP recipients. The funding will allow recipients to double each dollar of benefits for use at the Market. SNAP users can double as many of their dollars as they wish until the grant funding is exhausted.
In 2013, the Lynchburg Community Market received a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Health that allowed the Market to offer double dollar tokens. The purpose of the grant was twofold: to provide a new access point for fresh, healthy produce and other foods to low-income area residents in downtown Lynchburg, and to provide an incentive for beneficiaries to spend more of their food dollars on fresh, locally grown produce and other foods. The popularity and success of the grant led to this year’s grant award. During 2013-2014, the Market was able to offer double dollar tokens for SNAP recipients for 32 weeks. During those 32 weeks, SNAP spending at the Market increased an average of $100/week, and an increase of almost 50% in the total amount of benefits expended at the Market. An additional benefit of the grant funding was to increase sales at the Market, thus benefiting the local economy by supporting locally grown and produced goods.
The Lynchburg Community Market is open Tuesday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. daily. There are currently 29 farm vendors and permanent shops who accept SNAP tokens for purchase of fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats, nuts, and other eligible food items. On both Wednesday and Saturday, farmers at the Market offer a wide variety of fresh foods for sale. In addition, DDD Farms, Inc. is at the Market every day, rain or shine, offering home-grown, no-spray produce. Throughout the week, Lorraine Bakery, the Cheese Shop at the Market, and Grains of Sense Coffee Roastery also accept tokens for eligible items. For a complete list of farm vendors and permanent shop participants, or to purchase SNAP double dollar tokens, stop by the Community Market office anytime Tuesday through Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the Lynchburg Community Market at (434) 455-4485.