Food stamps in NJ Farmers' markets

    By: Phil Gregory

    Some of the New Jersey residents having the toughest time putting food on the table are now getting access to the Garden State’s freshest produce.

    By: Phil Gregory
    philgregorynews@gmail.com

    Some of the New Jersey residents having the toughest time putting food on the table are now getting access to the Garden State’s freshest produce. A new program allows food stamp recipients to make purchases at many farmers markets in New Jersey.

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    The pilot program includes 15 farmers who sell their produce at farmers markets throughout the Garden State. Kamille McGee of West Windsor was the first to use an electronic benefit card to make her purchase of sweet corn, cherries and a peach at the Capital Farmers Market in Trenton

    McGee: My daughter loves fresh fruits and vegetables and I like to feed her healthy foods so this is a great opportunity for me. Also I’m a single parent and a recent graduate from Rider University and so every dollar counts.

    McGee estimates she saved about $3 by making her purchase directly from the farmer instead of going to the supermarket. State Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez says being able to buy fresh produce may also allow food stamp recipients to have a healthier diet and help reduce obesity.

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