WHAT: Media is encouraged to attend to raise awareness for SNAP client access to farmers markets and direct marketing farmers. Press interview and B-Roll opportunities will be available.
WHERE: Alabama Farmers Market
344 Finley Avenue West, #2
Birmingham, AL 35204
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. ~ Tuesday, July 21, 2015
WHY: In Alabama, 2008-2014 SNAP redemptions at farmers markets grew from $18,841 to $165,393 during that period, providing an economic boost to local communities in the state, while the number of farmers markets and direct marketing farmers increased from 10 to 220.
Alabama Dept. of Agriculture & Industries
USDA to Visit Alabama’s SNAP Authorized Farmers Markets and Local Farmers
Increasing the number of SNAP authorized farmers markets is part of USDA’s ongoing mission to support SNAP recipients access to local food choices.
Birmingham, Ala., July 16, 2015 – On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Agriculture Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon, Department of Human Resource Commissioner Nancy Buckner, and Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan will visit Farmhouse Produce at the Alabama Farmers Market to meet with SNAP authorized farmers markets, direct marketing farmers and SNAP clients that currently shop at farmers markets to discuss increasing access to local, healthy food for low-income households.
“All Americans, including those participating in our nutrition assistance programs, need to include more fresh fruits and vegetables in their diet. America’s farmers have an important role to play in addressing that need in communities across the country,” Concannon said. “Accepting SNAP benefits also increases the customer base for local producers, adding an extra economic boost to the community.
Since 2008, the number of SNAP-authorized farmers, roadside farm stands, and farmers markets grew dramatically, from 753 to in excess of 6,400, more than eight times the number these types of vendors accepting SNAP when the Obama Administration took office. “These increases did not just happen,” Concannon said, emphasizing that expanding access for SNAP recipients to the fresh produce available at these outlets has been a top priority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Public Affairs Specialist
USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Southeast Regional Office
61 Forsyth Street, SW | Suite 8T36
Atlanta, GA 30303