Improving Access to Local Foods
To provide local food for the whole community, SustainFloyd has provided an EBT (food stamp) machine at the Floyd Community Market to receive tokens for purchases from our local growers. This allows families receiving SNAP benefits to purchase fresh, local foods at a reduced rate. The EBT/SNAP benefits program is made possible through New River Valley Community Services, and also offers double-value coupons where the consumer receives a double amount in value of fresh market goods.
As part of the Floyd County Multidisciplinary Team, have also worked with a childhood obesity prevention specialist to promote our children’s consumption of local fruits and vegetables, so they may live healthier, more active and longer lives.
Funding Provided Through
- Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP)
- Community Foundation of the New River Valley
- Virginia Department of Social Services
- Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
- Wells Fargo Bank
Turn $1 into $2 for Floyd Families & Farmers
It probably wouldn’t surprise you to hear that some Floyd County families go to bed hungry. Or that some of local farms are struggling to make ends meet. To help fill these needs, our Floyd Farmers Market SNAP Program allows Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries to use their electronic benefits card at the Market on fresh produce and local foods.
How Does It Work?
For every dollar you donate, the SNAP program will match it. This means that each dollar you donate allows a family to buy $2 worth of healthy local food.