The program is called the Fresh Rewards Program. It gives recipients an extra $4.00 to spend at the market every time they visit.
All they need to do is go to the information booth and show proof they are in the one of the programs. Officials will then give them tokens in $2.00 increments, and then they can use those tokens to buy products from local vendors.
“We’re encouraging them to get more fresh foods at the market. You can use it for the produce, bread, meat, you can also use it for edible plant starts including fruit trees,” said Mitra Sticklen, Market Assistant with the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market.
The program has been in place for three weeks now, and Sticklen said the market is already starting to see more Oregon Trail card and SNAP recipients coming to the market. The market said no one should be denied the right to eat healthy and locally.