Thursday, April 28, 2011

Albuquerque Growers Markets Event Helps Raise Funds for Food Stamps Effort

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Tickets by donation, all proceeds go to implementing EBT (food stamps) programs at Albuquerque Growers Markets.

Free to the public, suggested donation up to $25.

For additional information, please contact: Christopher Goblet, Downtown Action Team (505)243-2230 x107 or 

Albuquerque area growers' markets are pleased to announce the upcoming MayDay market preview and fundraiser will now be free for the public to attend, thanks to a major donation by a local bank. The donation from Charter Bank will be used to enable Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) at six area Growers' Markets during the 2011 season, helping low to moderate income families access farm-fresh fruits and veggies.

This event is an afternoon picnic and market preview with tastings from of over a dozen prepared food vendors, early season salad greens, live music by Squash Blossom Boys and Le Chat Lunatique, raffle items, cool farmers, kids games, and more!  And all to support a great cause-bringing EBT programs to Albuquerque Growers Markets! Participating markets include Academy/NE Heights, Downtown, Nob Hill, Uptown, le Jardin Verde and the new Wilson Park growers' market.

Many of the SVEDC kitchen users will sell at growers' markets this summer around the city. They help increase the diversity of local foods available in grocery stores and farmers markets. The Albuquerque markets and these producers have developed a great partnership to bring healthy local food to more Albuquerque residents.

May Day! will raise funds for all six markets to implement EBT/SNAP programs in 2011. This means all markets in the city will be able to accept food stamps. Additionally, during the month of July, markets operating EBT programs will offer a dollar for dollar matching program for EBT shoppers, courtesy of a grant through the New Mexico Farmers Market Association. Help us get fresh fruits and veggies to more Albuquerque residents!!

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