The Lions Club of Cooperstown will help Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients double their purchasing power at the local farmers' market, the club announced last week. 

The Lions Club has established the Coop SNAP Match program at The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, a local version of the SNAP Match, according to a media release. 

According to the release, the goals are to supplement the buying power of SNAP recipients to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and other eligible items at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market; to support local farmers and their sales at the market; and to keep more food dollars within the local economy. SNAP recipients now are eligible to double the amount they spend with their EBT cards at the Cooperstown Farmers Market. By presenting their EBT cards to the market manager, they will receive matching vouchers to spend at the market for SNAP-eligible items such as fresh fruit or vegetables, cheese or meat.

Up to $15 per week will be matched, allowing up to $30 of SNAP funds to spend at the market, according to the release.

Further information can be found at coopsnapmatch.org, or on Facebook at CoopSnapMatch.

According to the release, the Lions Club of Cooperstown is funding the program with the goal of establishing it as an ongoing operation supported by donations from the community. Coordination with the farmers market, the Cooperstown Food Pantry and other community organizations and businesses will be key for utilization and support of the program.

Go to coopsnapmatch.org to donate, or mail donations to the Lions Club of Cooperstown, P.O. Box 2, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Members of the Lions Club will be at the market during its regular hours, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28, to answer questions from SNAP/EBT users and program supporters and donors.

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