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SURREY - Lower-income seniors and families in communities throughout B.C. will have increased access to locally grown produce and food products as the result of a $2-million, one-time grant to the BC Association of Farmers' Markets.
Funding supports the Farmers' Market Nutrition and Coupon Program, which provides coupons each week for participants to spend at their local farmers' market. Running for 14 weeks this year, the program is targeted at lower-income seniors and families, including pregnant women, who are participating in cooking and skill-building programs. These programs teach participants how to cook healthy, nutritious meals including using locally produced farm products.
Families will receive $15 worth of coupons each week, while seniors will receive $12 worth. Coupons are treated like cash and can be used to purchase a variety of B.C. food products including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, dairy and fresh cut herbs.
The program matches BC Association of Farmers' Markets member ...