Lower-income families in Vernon will have increased access to locally grown produce and food products.
A provincial grant has matched the Vernon Farmers Market with the First Nations Friendship Centre’s prenatal nutrition program.
“We are proud to support the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets and the farmers’ market nutrition and coupon program, which is helping to improve the health of B.C. families by offering increased access to locally produced food for those in the most need,” said Health Minister Michael de Jong.
Over 14 weeks, families will receive $15 worth of coupons each week, while seniors will receive $12 worth.
Coupons are treated like cash and can be used to purchase a variety of B.C. food products including fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, dairy and fresh cut herbs.
The provincewide program matches B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets members with one or more community agencies that operate a cooking and skill-building program.