Food Stamp Spending & Farmer’s Markets

One of the rationales for bringing farmer’s markets to low income communities is to ensure low income people have access to good food at a reasonable price, but as these statistics reveal from an article in the Sacramento News & Review, that will be more difficult than currently assumed.

An excerpt.

“Where and how do Sacramentans spend their food-stamp dollars?

“The California Department of Social Services released statistics to SN&R recently outlining the types of establishments in which Sacramento County residents, and Californians in general, spend their CalFresh dollars.

“From June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013, county residents redeemed a little more than $360 million in Electronic Benefit Transfer—or EBT—dollars, with 95.3 percent of this money going to grocery stores, 4.6 percent to convenience stores, .04 to restaurant-meal programs and just .03 percent to farmers markets.

“This breakdown is largely similar to the averages brought in by all of California, whose residents redeemed more than $7.2 billion dollars in that time frame.”

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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