Food Access and Affordability
Food retail outlets, farms, community organizations, and state initiatives work to make local food more accessible and affordable to all income levels. There are many ways for families to boost their buying power to get the freshest food onto the dinner table. Here are some ways:
GRANITE STATE MARKET MATCH
The Granite State Market Match program allows SNAP customers to double the value of their benefits at participating farmers markets. Not only does this program provide access and affordable healthy, local foods for SNAP participants, it also provides economic benefits to the participating vendors/farmers and host communities. Please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District for more information.
Double up food bucks & HEALTHY FOOD FOR ALL
monadnock food coop
Double Up Food Bucks offers 50% off fruits and vegetables (with your EBT card) at the Monadnock Food Coop.
The Monadnock Food Coop’s Healthy Food For All Program provides a 10% discount on all purchases (excluding wine and beer) receiving SNAP, WIC, OR SSI benefits or with a demonstration of need letter.
Please contact the Monadnock Food Coop at 603.355.8008 for more information.
Monadnock farm share program
Eight Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce farms in the Monadnock Region have come together, in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District, to ensure that farm-fresh CSA vegetable shares are affordable for all interested community members.
The Farm Share Program is a brand new 2019 program that provides limited-income Monadnock Region residents with the opportunity to support their local CSA farmer and receive reliable high-quality produce on a regular basis all season long. The prices are discounted through an innovative cost-share model. Participating families and individuals receive a vegetable share for half the price.
Please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603.756.2988
Community gardens bring together men, women, and children to cultivate soil and grow food for distribution to others. This act of harvesting and sharing food builds stronger relationships, a deeper appreciation for our food, and a sense of empowerment for all involved.
Please contact the Community Garden Connections for more information.
38 Ways to Stem Hunger in the Monadnock Region - “A Place at The Table” Call to Action
MFCC “Educating on the Importance of Eating Locally Produced Food” forum, Sept 2013. Notes
MFCC “A Place At The Table” forum: Food Insecurity in the Monadnock Region by Erin Languille
MFCC Food Access brochure March 2016 forum