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United Way and Monroe Farmers Market Fight Hunger with SNAP “Double Bucks” Program

  • 10 June 2017
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Saturday morning, June 10th at Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg, PA, United Way of Monroe County
and the Monroe Farmers Market formally launched a new “Double Bucks” Program for SNAP recipients.

“Healthy food is good medicine that all people need,” stated Jen Strauch from United Way of Monroe County - who
are leading the effort behind Monroe County’s new Hunger Coalition. “When we work together, we can impact
many lives in a meaningful way. “Double Bucks” is a fantastic new program under our larger access to healthy
food initiative in our community.”

The “Double Bucks” Program allows SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) participants to DOUBLE their dollars
- up to $20 a day per participant - when they use their SNAP card at the Monroe Farmers Market. Only 8% of
residents report eating the recommend daily allowance of 5 fruits/vegetables a day. Low-income families are
often unable to afford healthy food – as fresh produce is often more expensive than processed foods. This
program allows low-income families to purchase local, high quality, nutrious food on limited budgets. The
advantages of “Double Bucks” are three-fold: the program directly supports those who are most in need, lowincome
families gain access to high quality nutrious food, and funds go right back into our local economy by
supporting local farmers.

“The Farmer’s Market is a wonderful place for our community to come together,” says, market director, Viriginia
Romagno, “We were able to secure the ability to accept SNAP dollars a few years ago. Now the Double Bucks
program will bring even more people in need to the market, and it gets healthier food to families in need.”

Monroe Farmers Market is open 8AM to Noon every Saturday at Courthouse Square in downtown Stroudsburg,
throughout the spring, summer and fall. Participation in the “Double Bucks” program is simple. SNAP holders
simply visit Monroe Farmers Market Information Table at the market with their SNAP Card and ID to redeem SNAP
benefits that are automatically doubled, up to $20 per day.

For more information about SNAP or the Double Bucks program – or to get invovled in the Hunger Coalition of
Monroe County, contact Jen Strauch at jennifer@unitedwaymonroe.org.

About United Way of Monroe County: United Way of Monroe County’s mission is to build partnerships that improve
lives and provide solutions to those facing life’s challenges. United Way’s current focus is on supporting the
financial stability of individuals and families in need in Monroe County through four initiatives: Enhancing Food
Access, Supporting Working Families, Connecting our Community, and Providing a Safety Net. For more information,
to get involved, or to support United Way’s new Impact Initiatives, visit www.unitedwaymonroe.org. If you or
someone you know needs community assistance, contact 2-1-1 or visit our webpage and click “Get Help”.

United Way of Monroe County
135 Warner Road, PO Box 790, Tannersville, PA, 18372
Phone: (570) 629-5657, Website: www.unitedwaymonroe.org

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