Douglas County OKs program for farmers’ market

Graphic shows food stamp recipients by level of education; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;
Graphic shows food stamp recipients by level of education; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Douglas County Commission and the city of Lawrence are supporting a pilot project to allow food stamp recipients to double their funds while shopping at farmers’ markets.

The county commission on Wednesday agreed to invest $10,600 in the project, one day after Lawrence city commissioners did the same.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/PwjniP ) the program will give food stamp users more money to spend at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market and Cottin’s Hardware Farmers’ Market.

For example, if a food stamp recipient spends $40 at one of the markets, half the money would be from food stamps and other half from the program. The project was proposed by LiveWell Lawrence, which is contributing $3,800.

The program will run from June through September or until the funds run out.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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