Market Match matches customers’ federal nutrition assistance, such as CalFresh benefits, today’s food stamps. It empowers low-income customers to make healthy food choices. When you spend $10 of CalFresh benefits at an Everyone’s Harvest farmers’ market, receive an additional $10 to buy fresh produce! Market Match increases CalFresh usage at the farmers’ markets, increasing sales by farmers.
Over the past five years, CalFresh and Market Match redemption has tripled at Everyone’s Harvest’s farmers’ markets. In the last ten years, Everyone’s Harvest has coordinated $150,000 in CalFresh purchases for fresh fruits and vegetables from small, local farms.
Everyone’s Harvest’s community food programs would not be possible without our fantastic Funders, Partners, and Collaborators.
This work is so important because the majority of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure, are related to poor diet. Our U.S. Surgeon General states: Our nation’s biggest health problem is obesity and its diet-related diseases. It’s the fastest-growing cause of disease and death in America. And it’s completely preventable. Eating nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables is key.