The Bethel Park Farmers’ Market is now part of the “Food Assistance Match” (FAM) program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to fresh, nutritious food from local farmers and small businesses to individuals and families most in need. The FAM program will start at the June 20 Bethel Park Farmers’ Market.
FAM multiplies the buying power of food assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC, the Farmers Market Nutrition Program and others enabling patrons using these programs to take home up to three times more locally-sourced food and goods.
“We’re extremely happy to be part of the Food Assistance Match program,” said Bethel Park Farmers’ Market Coordinator Lindsey Sibert. “This is such a positive step in providing the wonderful, fresh products we offer to everyone in our community!”
The process to use FAM is straightforward. FAM patrons come to the Market and pick out their eligible items.
“The only items at our Market that can’t be used with FAM are non-food purchases, alcohol and food truck selections,” said Sibert.
After selecting items and identifying themselves as FAM patrons, shoppers will receive a receipt for their selections and take them to the Bethel Park Farmers’ Market tent where they’ll check out rather than at the vendor site.
“We’re trying to make the whole process as simple as possible,” said Sibert.
FAM also benefits the Market vendors too.
“This will enable our vendors to meet new customers, increase their sales, have a positive impact on our local economy, and more!” said Sibert.
The Bethel Park Farmers’ Market runs Tuesdays (rain or shine) from 3-7 p.m. in South Park directly off Corrigan Drive near the Ice-Skating Rink from May until the end of September.
For full details on the Bethel Park Farmers’ Market, explore this website or call 412-851-2910. For more information on FAM, visit FoodAssistanceMatch.org.