Food Stamps Can Start Gardens!
Did you know that food stamps can be used to buy seeds and food-producing whole plants? If you’re thinking “no, I didn’t!,” neither do most of the nearly 46 million Americans who depend on food stamps for daily sustenance. The Awesome Foundation’s food chapter published an article today about two organizations who’ve made it their mission to spread the word of this little known fact.
SNAP Gardens is an organization founded this year by Daniel Simon of New York. While it’s technically been possible to use food stamps to buy seeds and plants since 1973, Simon says this fact has since been “buried in the fine print.” In order to get the word out, SNAP Gardens has distributed posters to farmers’ markets in 24 states. “It’s the beginning of having more and more gardens in every state, and a great opportunity to help people feed themselves.” What a win-win!
The article also talks about Dinner Garden, a non-profit organization in San Antonio, Texas that “sends free starter packs of vegetable seeds to low-income families nationwide, and has distributed tens of thousands of packets across all 50 states.” The packets serve as an invitation for families to start their own gardens, and encourage them to tell everyone they know they can buy seeds and plants with food stamps.
Kudos to these organizations for their work in helping low-income individuals and families grow nutritious food to support the health of their bodies, the environment, and their own self-sufficiency!
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