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KCFM to begin accepting SNAP Saturday

Posted: June 6, 2013 4:34 p.m.
Updated: June 7, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Marketing Director Roshanda Pratt likes to describe the Kershaw County Farmers Market (KCFM) has having “a little something for everybody.” That idea will grow even more beginning Saturday as the market begins accepting SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) in an effort to expand its boundaries for providing the community healthy and locally-grown options to eat.

KCFM Manager Shannon Harbor said customers will be able to swipe their EBT card and then receive tokens to use for vendors who have approved the program for use at their stall.

“This program opens up the market to everybody. We don’t want it to be exclusive to certain areas of the community,” Harbor said. “We want to bring more citizens to the market. We want nutrition and locally-grown produce to be available to everyone.”

Some of the items approved for SNAP purchases include produce, meat, dairy, breads and cereals, as well as seeds that can be planted to bear fruit.

According to Harbor, accepting SNAP at the market was brought to fruition through an Eat Smart, Move More Kershaw County (ESMMKC) grant.

“The ESMMKC program was the driving force between getting SNAP to the market,” Harbor said.

Currently, more than 100,000 households in South Carolina depend on SNAP each month to get the food they need for good healthy.

“We are aware there are many in our community who may sacrifice healthy eating because they believe it costs too much. We are happy to provide an opportunity for healthy eating to all our residents and beyond at the market,” Harbor said.

With the slogan “good things growing,” the market will now be growing to reach even more of the local community because of SNAP.

The Kershaw County Farmers Market is located at 631 West DeKalb St. behind Community Bank in Camden. The market opens at 8 a.m. and operates until noon each Saturday through November 16.

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