FOOD ACCESS

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We believe everyone should have access to food that is raised ethically, supports land and people they know, and improves the overall wellbeing of themselves and the community they are a part of. To that end, our markets participate in a wide range of food assistance programs, helping to put fresh Ohio-grown foods into the hands of more people.

You SNAP. We MATCH.

Shop with SNAP/EBT and P-EBT at any Common Greens market and get FREE fruits and vegetables.

All Common Greens farmers markets welcome SNAP shoppers and are proud participants in the Produce Perks program,  which doubles the purchasing power of low-income shoppers – providing a $1 for $1 match for families and individuals receiving SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). The match can be used to purchase fruits and vegetables, stretching SNAP $ for additional healthy foods.

How It Works 

  1. Visit the market information booth before you shop.

  2. Swipe your Ohio Direction Card  or P-EBT card for tokens to spend at the market.

  3. Double your dollars with up to $25 in Produce Perks tokens.

  4. Use your SNAP/EBT tokens to buy SNAP eligible foods and Produce Perks tokens to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables.

 

Produce Perks tokens may be used at any participating Produce Perks site.

Visit www.produceperks.org to find other sites near you.

Click here to see the USDA's info on what you can purchase with SNAP.

Click here to apply for SNAP benefits in Ohio.

 

WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

 

Through FMNP programs, WIC recipients can buy fresh fruits and vegetables at any Common Greens market. Spend the entire amount of your FMNP coupon during your market visit, as the farmers are not able to give you change.

All of our farmers are able to accept your WIC FMNP coupon on fresh fruits and vegetables. 

If you’re a WIC mom, visit your local WIC clinic for details about how to receive coupons. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive FMNP coupons in addition to your regular benefits.

PRx Prescriptions for Fruits and Vegetables

This program connects patients with diet related diseases (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular, etc.) to providers that write prescriptions for free fruits and vegetables.

This 3-month program is focused on pregnant patients and their newborns, with the goal of improving health outcomes for both. 80+ patients and their family members are receiving monthly prescriptions for fruits and vegetables.

Health Partner: PrimaryOne Health
Redemption Locations: Common Greens Farmers Markets, Kelly’s Market, Jubilee Market & Café
Education Partner: Local Matters

To Market, To Market Senior Program

 

Since 2013, the Clintonville Farmers Market has partnered with the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center to support area seniors. Thanks to the support of community members like you, along with OhioHealth, Buckeye Health Plan and Proforma Buckeye, low-income Clintonville seniors are provided $50 in vouchers that they can use to shop at the market. CRC provides transportation support to the market on a bi-weekly basis.

This popular program, which has grown each year, has become a cornerstone of the market. It serves to get fresh foods into the hands of seniors, combating isolation issues that many face while also benefiting local farmers. 

2021 Program Highlights: 97 seniors served and $4,825 coupons redeemed, an increase of 25% over the previous year!

2021 Impact Summary

We're making great strides in our effort to expand access to the fresh local foods available at our markets. In 2021, a total of $95,963 in SNAP benefits and other healthy food incentives were redeemed at our markets, a 639% increase over two years! 

Program Redemption By the Numbers

  • SNAP/P-EBT = $48,168 over 1,237 transactions

  • Produce Perks = $33,420

  • WIC FMNP Coupons = $5,660

  • TANF Fruit & Vegetable Coupons = $3,890

  • CRC Senior Coupons = $4,825

Did you know it costs Common Greens $107 per market to provide our food access programs? We need your help to continue getting fresh local foods into the hands of as many folks as possible. Consider making a donation today!