July 30, 2018

NY: GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES PLAN TO PROTECT SNAP RECIPIENTS’ ACCESS TO FARMERS MARKETS

Diane Eggert, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Federation of NY, said, “Losing access to SNAP through the Novo Dia Group would have been devastating to farmers’ markets. Low income consumers would lose access to fresh, healthy and locally grown foods, while our state’s farmers would have lost significant income that is critical to supporting our family farmers. We applaud Governor Cuomo’s quick action in shoring up Novo Dia Group for the remainder of the market season and making it possible for SNAP to be used at farmers’ markets. We also thank a team of partners within New York, as well as the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs for working hard to make this possible. This extension for Novo Dia Group will be used to find a permanent solution to maintaining Mobile Market Plus.”

Josh Wiles, President of the Novo Dia Group, said, “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to both the Farmers Market Federation of New York, as well as the State of New York. Their level of support and the speed in which they were able to put this partnership together has been extraordinary. This agreement allows not only New York Farmers’ Markets, but all users of Mobile Market+ nationwide, to continue operating without any service disruption.”

To read the entire press release click the link below.

https://farmersmarketcoalition.org/ny-governor-cuomo-announces-plan-to-protect-snap-recipients-access-to-farmers-markets/

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