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Farmers’ Market Offers Bonus For Food Stamps

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The Larimer County Farmers’ Market has launched a program to give food stamp recipients a little extra money to spend there.

People in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, can use their cards at the market to withdraw money, and the market will provide a match of up to $10 that recipients can spend there on produce, baked goods, meats, dairy products, and plants and seeds grown for food.

The Colorado Farmers’ Market Association and Kaiser-Permanente have provided $1,800 for the program, which will run until funds run out or the end of the market’s season Oct. 27.

The program began earlier this month. The market has already matched $180 in SNAP coupons so far.

The market is open on Saturday mornings in Fort Collins.

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