The B.C. Government is investing a further $2-million in funding with the expansion of the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program. This funding will provide lower-income seniors and families in Quesnel and across the province with the tools they need to access locally grown produce and food products and support improved healthy eating.
The Quesnel Farmers’ Market is participating in this program.
Location: Helen Dixon Centre Grounds, corner of Kinchant St. and Carson Ave., Quesnel
Hours: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cooking & Skill-Building program: North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society
Why this matters:
- The program offers $15 worth of coupons each week to individuals and families enrolled in the nutrition and skills building programs offered by community agencies associated with each participating market.
- This year the program has added 13 new markets for a total of 34 participating markets located throughout the province.
- The $2 million in funding provided through the Provincial Health Services Authority in 2013 builds on an initial $2 million investment in 2012.
- The coupon program runs from July through October 2013 and is administered by the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets.
- To participate in the program, farmer’s markets partner with a community agency that works to provide nutrition, cooking, or healthy lifestyle skills building programs to lower income British Columbians. Participants then gain the skills and knowledge needed to help them eat healthier and make the most of their local farmers’ markets.
- The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets is a provincially registered, non-profit association, which represents farmers’ markets throughout the province. At member markets, the focus is on selling locally grown or processed farm-fresh foods and vendors must either make, bake or grow the products they sell.