Omnivore - Georgia Organics, Atlanta farmers' markets to match food stamps

One dollar equals two at three local farmers' markets

People living on food stamps have been given an incentive to shop at farmers' markets.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Wholesome Wave Foundation, Atlanta-based nonprofit Georgia Organics has kicked off a Double Value Coupon Program which matches food stamp dollars spent at participating farmers' markets.

"For a limited time, all food stamp dollars will have double the buying power at three Atlanta farmers markets," Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls says. "Food stamp recipients still can choose to spend their food stamp dollars any where that accepts them, but at farmers markets, where local, fresh, and healthy food is sold, one dollar is equal to two dollars."

Georgia Organics communications director — and former CL staff writer — Michael Wall says the effort is modeled after similar programs in San Diego, Baltimore and the Northeast United States. The program ends when the money runs out, he says, but fundraising could keep it operational.

More information about the program, including the participating farmers' markets, after the jump.