Monday, October 22, 2018

Calif. flea market approved for food stamps program


Some families, such as this one, have been selling produce at Denio’s for generations.

Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet in Sacramento, Calif., has been a place to sell produce for generations — it was founded as a produce market in 1947. Now, however, the flea market has been approved to accept payment through the program for low income shoppers formerly known as Food Stamps, known in California as the CalFresh program, a part of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Seventy produce vendors covering 130 booth spaces have been trained in accepting the new debit cards.

“I appreciate Denio’s persistence in wanting to have the CalFresh Program available to its customers,” says Edie Jessup, a program specialist with the Central California Regional Health and Human Services, quoted in a press release on the Denio’s site.

“Now customers can shop nearly every produce vendor in our market,” says Ken Denio, owner of Denio’s Farmers Market & Swap Meet, also quoted in the release. “Equally important is the stimulus this program provides small businesses whether they are farmers, suppliers, producers, nurserymen or manufacturers.”

Photo credit, with thanks: Denio’s Farmers Market and Swap Meet.

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