SNAP food stamps accepted at Steamboat farmers market starting Saturday
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — To live in paradise, sometimes requires thinking outside the box. And that’s just what Main Street Steamboat Springs did.
The newest addition to the Steamboat farmers market, SNAP — Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — will now be accepted starting this weekend. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the corner of Yampa and Seventh streets through Sept. 15.
Those who are eligible can swipe their SNAP cards at the Main Street Information Booth, located at the yellow Main Street Steamboat tent in the parking lot of the market, and be issued SNAP coupons in $1 increments. These dollars may be used to purchase produce, bread, jam, meats, salsa or any other items that are intended to be consumed after leaving the market. Lunch items do not qualify. The 39 eligible vendors will have signs at their booths.
“Steamboat is a special place,” said Lisa Popovich, Main Street Steamboat executive director. “One of the reasons we are so special is because of our sense of community – I know we say that a lot, but the truth is, we all need each other.”
“Most people think of Steamboat as an affluent community, and on some levels, they are right,” Popovich said. “But, more than 10 percent of the county’s population qualifies for assistance. I am hoping to raise awareness and encourage those who qualify for assistance to apply. Maybe knowing that they can use SNAP at the Farmers Market will help.”
SNAP is the new name for the federal food assistance program formerly called food stamps. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
To qualify for SNAP an individual’s annual household income, before taxes, must be below $15,678. For a household of eight, the threshold is $53,716. To check eligibility, use SNAP’s pre-screening tool online.
“This place can’t survive unless we all contribute, we all help each other,” Popovich said. “SNAP is a way to give back to a deserving segment of our community.”
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