Food stamp usage at farmers markets increases

The Council on the Environment of New York City released a report Sunday that shows food stamp usage at city greenmarkets has skyrocketed following a council-funded program.

The program allows food stamp recipients to use their aid at farmers markets to buy fresh produce. As a result, low-income city residents can make healthier food purchases and local farmers earn more money.

Purchases made at greenmarkets with food stamps have more than doubled from 2008 to 2009. The Poe Park Market in the Bronx is the highest-selling in the city, earning more than $50,000 from food stamps.

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