Granite State Market Match
The Granite State Market Match program allows SNAP customers to double the value of their benefits at participating farmers markets. For example, spend $10 at the market and receive an additional $10 to spend on fresh, locally-grown vegetables and fruit.
In the North Country, Field Specialist for Healthy Living Heidi Barker partners with three farmers markets to champion the Granite State Market Match program. In 2015, Wholesome Wave received $250,000 grant as part of the Food Insecurity Nutrition Program (FINI) to fund the state-wide Nutrition Incentive Network in partnership with NH Food Bank and regionally based organizations such as UNH Cooperative Extension. Barker serves as the project's regional lead, working with Berlin, Littleton and Lancaster Farmers Markets which offer both SNAP and the fruit and vegetable incentive program.
Not only does Granite State Market Match provide access and affordable healthy, local foods for SNAP participants, it also provides economic benefits to the participating vendors/farmers and host communities.
2016 Granite State Market Match - SNAP/EBT Farmers' Market List
Match caps may exist at certain markets. Check with the market for details. Click here for a list of markets.
Michelle Severino, a recent participant in the program says, "The Littleton Farmers Market SNAP/Granite State Market Match program is opening up more access for fresh, better quality, local vegetables! I am seeing more people in the area who are on food stamps where it is making a difference! It works and keeps things local."
Granite State Market Match at the Berlin Farmer's Market
At the Berlin Farmer's Market, Laura Jameson, the market manager, holds a bag for Peter Lafoe, who is grateful for the market match program.
"I learned about the program last year," he says. "It has been so helpful. I only get $190 in food stamps and I have a 9-year-old daughter. The Grandite State Market Match incentive program helps so much.I just told someone else about this, and they have five kids!"
Carol Jean, who arrived at the market with her two young children, just learned about the program recently. She loves the double value benefits for the fruits and vegetables and appreciates being able to buy fresh, locally grown products. She even brought her mom to the market, too!
Granite State Market Match - NH Food Bank Video