Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program Receives Million Dollar Boost
Prince George, B.C. – Good news for about 10,000 low income families in British Columbia.
The provincial government announced $1 million towards the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Coupon program today.
The initiative helps lower-income families, seniors and pregnant women continue to have easier access to healthy foods.
The Ministry of Health says each week program participants receive $15 worth of coupons that can be used at one of the 63 participating markets throughout B.C.
The coupons are used like cash to purchase locally grown fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts and herbs.
Additionally, participants are able to access free nutrition and skills-building programs that teach them how to use these foods in their everyday diet.
Including the million dollars announced today, the Province has made $5.75 million available to support this program since 2012.
“Making healthy food choices goes a long way to increasing quality of life and avoiding chronic illness,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon program makes it easier for those who need help to access and afford fresh foods, and supports them in making nutritious choices that contribute to a stronger, healthier British Columbia.”
The program runs for 16 weeks, from June through this October, and is administered by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets.
In 2016 the program is operating in 52 communities across the province, including in Prince George at the Prince George Farmers’ Market on 6th Avenue.
Click here for more information about the program.