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Greeneville Farmers Market now accepts SNAP and EBT

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GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) -

The federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the only way millions of Americans can afford to eat.

One in every seven Americans use food stamps and Tennessee ranks 11th when it comes to SNAP participation.

The State of Tennessee said that by June of this year more than $12 million in food stamps were distributed in our part of the state.

It was a program that started more than a year and a half ago.

"We have a lot of people that are without positions right now in Greeneville. A lot of unemployment and we have a lot of people that need help, so we wanted to try and help anybody in the community that needed fresh local food," said Greeneville Farmers Market Manager Judy Shelton.

Vendors at the Greeneville Farmers Market now accept EBT and SNAP benefits.

"Fruit and vegetables do cost more than say canned or highly processed foods so I think to give people that advantage to give people that positive choice is a good thing," said vendor Kelly Clapp.

It's a win-win for both the vendor and those shopping.

Debbie Strickland said it "allows us to accept money otherwise we wouldn't be able to accept other than through a grocery store."

Now those who use EBT or SNAP can shop locally, "an easy access for people such as myself that use the benefits to be able to access local produce," said Strickland.

Thanks to a grant, Greeneville brought another program to its farmers market.

"You pay $20 you get worth of free tokens so that gives you $40 buying power at the market right now," said Shelton.

This allows those who have EBT and SNAP benefits to get more of that fresh food. Strickland, a vendor, also uses EBT, she said "I can get more produce for my dollar basically and what better deal is that."

With these benefits you can purchase veggies, fruit, meat and more.

The farmers market in Greeneville is open every Saturday until the end of October from 8 A.M. 1 P.M.

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