Program helps families on tight budgets afford healthy foods

Nutritional coupon program allows participants to buy more fruits, vegetables

For many people in Sooke, cost can be a barrier to healthy eating.

It’s one reason the Sooke Country Market and the B.C. Association of Farmers Market have teamed up again to offer a nutritional coupon program for the 2018 season.

The nutritional coupon program is a healthy eating initiative that supports farmers’ markets and strengthens food security across B.C.

The Sooke Family Resource Society hands out coupons to lower-income families and seniors participating in its food literacy programs.

These coupons can be spent at the farmers’ markets to buy fruits, vegetables, cheese, eggs, nuts, fish and meat. Each household enrolled in the program receives a minimum of $15 a week in coupons. Farmers are reimbursed for coupons they receive.

New this year is an opportunity for the public to donate towards the program and receive a charitable tax receipt (for donations of more than $20).

Learn more and donate at bcfarmersmarket.org/donate.

The Sooke Country Market is operated every Saturday from May to October at the corner of Otter Point Road across from Eustace Road.

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