The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services plans to help establish a better link between healthy farmers’ market foods and residents in need with a $100,000 grant, according to a county press release.
This program falls under the Maryland Market Money (MMM), a program providing a dollar-for-dollar match on food assistance benefits on items purchased at local farmers’ markets.
“Access to healthy food choices is essential to good health in any family. This grant will help us to provide more options for families that need assistance. There is no doubt this is a challenge in many of our communities, however thanks to the diligence of our Department of Social Services, more people will have access to fresh produce.This grant certainly does not solve the problem, but it is a very good step in the right direction. Although this is great news for the County, the real winners are the families and children that will benefit from this assistance.”
– Rushern L. Baker, III, Prince George’s County Executive
The county has 15 farmers’ markets providing local and healthy options to the 9.2% or 42,000 households of residents qualifying for the program.
Partnering with our local farmers markets makes perfect sense as we continue our efforts to increase the opportunities for healthy food choices for our citizens who rely on SNAP and other supportive benefits.
– Gloria Brown Burnett, Director, Department of Social Services.
The program has grown since its beginning and is expected to continue to grow, especially with the recently secured grant. The county reports helping 1,000 participants in 2017 and matching almost $10,000 in funds.