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.
“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.”