Welfare program ends for Kauai farmers markets

7/1/2013 10:45 AM
By Associated Press

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — The Kauai Independent Food Bank no longer has the funds to continue a food stamp program at farmers markets.

As of Saturday, the Electronic Benefits Transfer funds are no longer accepted at farmers markets. EBT allows the state to deposit welfare benefits onto a debit card, which shoppers can use to buy groceries.

The food bank started the program with a grant in 2012 to allow EBT funds to be used at four of Kauai's sunshine markets. The program was later expanded.

The Garden Island (http://ow.ly/mypsE ) reports the county provided $40,000 to give EBT recipients double purchasing power, increasing their access to locally grown produce.

But the food bank has since run out of money to continue the program.

The food bank is hopeful an organization can resume the program.


Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/

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