Many people don’t know that CalFresh is the new name for California’s electronic food stamp benefit program. Federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), CalFresh can help low-income Mission families put healthy and nutritious food on the table. We’re celebrating CalFresh customers this month at MCM, and on May 8th we’ll have a special CalFresh Awareness Day!
Mission Community Market has accepted food stamp benefits since its inception, and we partnered with The Bi-Rite Family of Businesses in late 2013 to offer a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $10) for patrons who shop at the market with their CalFresh card. This benefit was previously offered in 2012 and we were thrilled to bring it back this season with Bi-Rite’s support. CalFresh users can swipe their card every week at the market for up to $10 in free produce!
Join us on May 8th as we feature:
A Presentation from Bi-Rite! Join us at 6:00 pm when Sam Mogannam will say a few words.
Giveaways – The first 50 CalFresh customers get a free item ($3-6 value) donated by MCM vendors! Choose from fruit and veggies, salsa, mini jams, baguettes, and more!
Benefits Pre-Screenings From SF-Marin Food Bank – You may qualify for CalFresh benefits – Talk to a specialist!
An Urban Sprouts Healthy Cooking Demo – Learn to cook with what you can get at the market!
Community Outreach Tables – Chat with folks from The Women’s Building and The Shanti Project
Live Music from Benjamin Brown at 4 pm and Dean Harlem at 6 pm