With help from Fresh & Local, First!, we offered match every market in 2019. We are now finalizing a grant from money appropriated by the 2019 legislature for a $1.5 million statewide Double Up Food Bucks program that could also attract federal funding.
The Farmers Market Fund is administering the funds.
Fresh & Local, First! works on behalf of all Linn and Benton county farmers’ markets to fund SNAP Match and Double Up Food Bucks.
Fresh & Local, First! also conducts dine-in events at local restaurants and engages the OSU campus in other fund-raising events. We need local matching funds to get the state funds.
We treaded water in 2019 with sources that included a one-time grant from the Oregon Community Foundation, the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund, the Rosemarie Sweet Fund of the Farmers Market Fund, and most recently, a grant from the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.