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Double the food purchasing power for SNAP participants

Added on Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Holders of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards, known as EBT cards, can double their dollars when buying fresh produce at participating Farmers markets. This special incentive program for SNAP participants is made possible because of a collaboration of local farmers markets, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

“Blue Cross will match up to $5 of food purchases at participating farmers markets,” said Cassandra Moffitt, case manager at the Albert Lea Salvation Army. “Buying $5 of food is great, but buying $10 of food goes much further.”

An EBT cardholder can take advantage of the $5 match once every market day. It may be used for eligible produce purchases at any of the more than 50 participating farmers markets, and EBT terminals are conveniently located at each participating site.

“This seems to be an unfortunate, best-kept secret,” said Moffitt, sharing her experience of telling many EBT cardholders who visit the Albert Lea Salvation Army social services department.

For more program details, visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota website.

The Salvation Army works to give hope to people in crisis and offers programs that assist those in need, without discrimination. To find the Salvation Army site closest to you, visit our website.