FoodStampsX2 at Northampton Tuesday Farmers Market

Food Stamps/SNAP doubling program
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Oona Coy
Food
Northampton, Massachusetts
United States
2 Team Members

Our Indiegogo campaign is over! We raised more than half of our goal to double SNAP/Food Stamps at the market for all of next season. If you're just finding this campaign now and are inspired to give, you can write checks out to Tuesday Market and mail them to Tuesday Market, 1 Venturers Field Rd., Northampton, MA 01060. If you would like your contribution to be tax-deductible, you can email us for details: northamptontuesdaymarket@gmail.com.

Delicious! Community! Accessible! These three words describe everything that's great about Tuesday Market, an inspiring weekly farmers market in Northampton, Massachusetts. For the past 3 years, the market has accepted Food Stamps/SNAP benefits and doubled the value of those benefits up to $10 per customer per week through our FoodStampsX2 program. That means that if you swipe $10 on your EBT card, you get $20 in Tuesday Market tokens to spend at the market every week.

We have watched this program grow. Three years ago, approximately 12 people on average came every week to use their benefits. Now over 60 SNAP customers use the FoodStampsX2 program every week (and some weeks over 80 SNAP customers use it). Despite our successful fundraising efforts from a family foundation, local businesses, a local bank, an annual pie contest and bake sale, and a number of individuals, we can’t keep up with the demand. We are asking for your help to keep this program going. 

We love the FoodStampsX2 program because it makes fresh, local food accessible to all community members, regardless of their income. It also brings more income to our hard-working, small-scale farmers. Together this makes a win-win-win for farmers, customers, and the community as a whole.

As Mary Cowhey, a local public school teacher and organizer says, “If you believe in the importance of eating fresh, local food -- not just for you but for all your neighbors in the community -- this is a way you can make that happen." 

We need to raise $15,000 to sustain FoodStampsX2 through another year. Any amount from $5-$1,500 will help it keep going. Every dollar that we raise through this campaign goes directly to putting food in the hands of people who benefit from the program. The market pays for and covers all administrative costs of running the FoodStampsX2 program throughout the year from our vendor fees.

Our perks are all from the market! Some are beautiful, some are functional, some are delicious.

Our bigger hope is that more and more farmers markets can create programs like ours which simultaneously support farmers and customers and lead to better supported food systems in our communities.

Thanks for your support! Please spread the word through Indiegogo sharing tools or through Facebook or Twitter or by sending emails to people you know who think good food should be for everybody.



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$9,065USD
raised by 101 people in 1 month
60% funded
0 time left
$15,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on October 7, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Hug at Market

    Come by the market tent and tell us you contributed -- we'll give you a hug and an Emerald Ash Borer temporary tattoo and a sticker that says you love your farmers market.

    1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $15USD
    Fox and Duck Poster

    We worked with an artist to make these fun Fox and Duck Tuesday Market posters this year in the Beatrix Potter style. Market pick-up only for this perk.

    15 out of 15 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $30USD
    Kids' Counting Book

    Great bi-lingual (Spanish/English) counting book for kids, with space to practice your numbers with a dry erase marker. Joint project of Tuesday Market and Families with Power. Pick up at market, if you're local.

    9 out of 25 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50USD
    5 pack of photos/postcards

    We take photos at market all the time and will make 5 of them into 4X6 postcards for you to stick on your fridge or wall or send off to friends. Check out our website gallery to get a sense of them. Pick up at market, if you're local.

    12 out of 20 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Dishcloth

    Special silk-screened Tuesday Market dishcloth to hang on your stove and inspire you to cook and clean up. Pick up at market, if you're local.

    12 out of 40 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $300USD
    T’shirt

    We want to see you wearing one of our awesome vendors' t’shirts. Let us know what size you need. Pick up at market, if you're local.

    0 out of 6 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $500USD
    Bag with Market Goodies

    A sturdy Town Farm canvas bag with market goodies and gift certificates. Let us know if you're vegetarian. Pick up at market, if you're local.

    0 out of 3 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • SOLD OUT

    $1,000USD
    8 Weeks of Flowers

    8 weeks of Old Friends Farm bouquets, the best flowers in the valley. Take them home and make everyone in your house smile.

    1 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Tour of Farm/Production Site

    Take of tour of your favorite vendor's farm or production site. Ask questions. Taste product. Enjoy the view.

    0 out of 1 claimed

    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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