Produce in the Park is working to make fresh, local produce accessible for all people in the area, regardless of income. The Thursday evening farmers market is now accepting
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments, as well as Double Up Food Bucks.
SNAP provides food benefits to needy families. Double Up Food Bucks is a related program to encourage the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. For every SNAP dollar a customer spends on fresh fruits and vegetables, they receive another $1 in Double Up Food Bucks to spend on fresh produce (up to $10/day).
Fareway in Atlantic has been distributing and accepting Double Up Food Bucks since summer 2020, and Fareway Assistant Manager Mitch Millius says the program is going well. He says Double Up Food Bucks is, “a great opportunity for the community.” According to the latest Health Indicators Report from the Iowa Department of Public Health, approximately 15% of households in Cass County receive SNAP benefits. Cass County residents looking for information on SNAP and other food assistance programs available in the county can contact West Central Community Action in Atlantic at 712-243-5421.
Produce in the Park is a community-oriented farmers market held every Thursday evening (4:30-6:30 PM) from June through September in the Atlantic City Park. Shoppers can find fresh produce, baked goods, meats, farm-fresh eggs, a variety of crafting products such as candles, soaps, and lotions, and dinner for purchase on-site. The market also offers live music and will feature community organizations in 2021.
Produce in the Park 2021 summer farmers markets are sponsored by the Atlantic Community Promotion Commission, First Whitney Bank & Trust, Cass County Tourism, Camblin Mechanical, the Nishna Valley Family YMCA, Cass Health, and the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce.
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