State Urging Bridge Card Holders To Shop At Farmer’s Markets

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging low income residents who have Bridge Cards to consider doing some of their shopping at a local farmer’s market. Spokesperson Erica Quealy tells WSJM News many farmer’s markets take Bridge Cards and also take part in a program called Double Up Food Bucks.

“Say if a family were to spend $10 in their food assistance benefits, those participating farmer’s markets would allow them to receive an additional $10 in Double Up Food Bucks to buy more locally grown produce,” Quealy said.

Quealy tells us that locally grown produce is healthy and a good value. You can find a list of farmer’s markets around southwest Michigan right here. The farmer’s market in Benton Harbor does take part in Double Up Food Bucks.