Governor Cuomo recently announced that over $350,000 is available to help veterans and low-income families take part in the FreshConnect Checks Program. This program increases the power of food stamps at participating farmers markets, so that everyone can access fresh, healthy and locally grown food. Fortunately for those who utilize the program in the area, Saratoga Farmers Market is a participant!
So, what is this program exactly? If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, the FreshConnect Checks Program provides you with more purchasing power at participating farmers markets. You get $2 incentive checks for every $5 in food stamps spent, increasing the buying power by 40%.