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Cal Fresh EBT Use Up at Farmers’ Markets in California

“Farmers’ markets in San Francisco and throughout California have seen huge increases in the use of food stamps,” says Gus Schumacher, executive vice president of Wholesome Wave Foundation in Connecticut, which works with California’s Roots of Change project using private donations to match food-stamp dollars for locally grown food. Roots of Change partners with several organizations around California including Hunger Action LA to sponsor programs that offer additional incentives to people using public benefits to make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable.  Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are the current format for what were previously paper food stamps. California Department of Social Services statistics show that CalFresh redemption at farmers’ markets has risen from $633,926 in 2008, to $3.6 million in 2010–a more than fivefold increase.

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