Trying to Eat Local on Food Stamps?

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The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has used GIS to visually display where U.S. farmers’ markets are located and what portion of those markets reported accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assurance Program otherwise known as SNAP benefits as payment using data from ERS’s Food Environment Atlas. In 2013, about one in every four farmers’ markets reported accepting SNAP benefits. But, the proportion of SNAP-accepting farmers’ markets isn’t uniform across the country. In about two-thirds of the counties with at least one farmers’ market, no markets reported accepting SNAP. Areas in the Northeast, Southwest, and along the West Coast have a relatively high percentage of farmers’ markets that report accepting SNAP.

Check out the map and article here and check out the Food Environment Atlas

Juhi Mawla, Intern, gis@vertices.com 

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