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Thundermist Health Center Brings SNAP/WIC to South County Farmers Markets

[August 24, 2015] - Thundermist Health Center is working to provide better access to fresh fruits and vegetables for low-income residents of the South County area through their sponsorship of South County Farmer’s markets this summer.

Thundermist’s involvement with the farmers markets allows for consumers to use SNAP and WIC as payment methods.  Using SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and WIC, SNAP for Women, Infants and Children, as payment methods enable low-income residents to gain access to fresh produce.

According to Lauren Nocera, the AVP of Program Development and Grants at Thundermist, before their involvement, none of the merchants were using SNAP and only a handful processed WIC payments.  However, because of Thundermist’s efforts, all merchants at the markets are accepting both SNAP and WIC.  Thundermist is also assisting farmers with processing the SNAP and WIC payments, making this project possible.

To motivate residents of South County to use their SNAP/WIC payments at the markets, Thundermist is providing incentives.  For example, if a family spends $5 at the market, they will receive $2 free in SNAP/WIC.

Part of the South County Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds initiative, Thundermist’s goal is to improve the health and well being of South County residents through the incentive of using SNAP/WIC as payment options.

Markets sponsored by Thundermist include South Kingston URI Farmers Market, Coastal Growers Market, Casey Farm, Marina Park Farmers Market, Westerly/Pawcatuck Farmers Market.

The South Kingston URI Farmers Market is at the URI East Farms, 2095 Kingstown Rd, Saturdays now through October 31st from 8:30am-12:00pm.

The Coastal Growers Market, is located at 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, Saturdays, now through October 31, from 8:30am-12:00pm

The Marina Park Farmers Market is located at 239 Salt Pond Rd, Wakefield, Tuesday afternoons from 2:00pm-6:00pm, now through October 27.

The Westerly/Pawcutuck Farmers Market is located at 85 Main Street, Westerly, Thursdays now through October 15 from 10:00am – 1:00pm.

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