VIDEO: Fighting Hunger Sustainably
Good food and nutrition policy is good fiscal policy. Access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, especially in low income or sparsely populated areas increases healthy lifestyles, and leads to long-term medical care savings. It's why both private health care groups and public leaders strongly support farmers' markets accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, which help people with low-incomes buy food.
The Midtown Farmers Market was an early adapter of EBT and is seeing a steady increase in use since it started the program in 2009.
Debates over major changes to the 2012 Farm bill could put programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which funds EBT, in jeopardy of major cuts.