GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The need for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programs has been on the rise in many rural areas around the country.
According to a recent study by The Center for Rural Affairs from 2008 to 2012 more households in rural communities have used SNAP benefits than in urban areas.
Right here in Mesa County more than 8,100 people a month are taking advantage of the SNAP program and now people utilizing this program have more options when it comes to where they buy some of their groceries.
Angeline Roles from the Mesa County Department of Human Services said that now all of the Grand Valley’s farmers markets accept the alternative payment method allowing people on SNAP to use their EBT cards to buy fresh local produce.
“Farmers’ markets we know have that fresh organic produce, and the benefit to our local economy is enormous because you’re using local folks and local grocers," said Roles.
To see if you qualify for the SNAP program, visit the link to the right.