Since 2009 the Brainerd Farmers Market has been providing a platform for fresh, healthy, local food each Saturday from 10am to noon. The Market began to accept SNAP funds from patrons receiving food assistance in 2012 and has, thanks to grant funds and individual donations, matched dollar-for-dollar what SNAP patrons can spend at the market with the "Double SNAP" program. What does this mean? Use your food stamps at the market to buy $40 worth of groceries and instead get $80 worth of groceries.
The UNfoundation's award of $1,500 should sustain Double SNAP through the end of the regular market season, bringing fresh food to those that might otherwise not have access to it.