Today, the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program (FMNCP) currently impacts the lives of 10,000 lower-income British Columbians from more than 3,500 households along with nearly 1,000 BC farmers in 55 communities across the province including Quesnel. The BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) began delivering this program in 2012 in partnership with the Province of British Columbia and the Provincial Health Services Authority. Quesnel was one of the pilot market testing this new coupon program.
“In nearly every community, we have a waiting list to join this unique program, and we are thrilled we now have an opportunity for individuals, businesses and organizations to support this program and meet growing demand across the province,” Heather O’Hara, BCAFM executive director said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the public to donate funds to support more people while sustaining farmers and farmland in their own communities and enable more people to purchase fresh, local foods, like fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat and dairy, direct from BC farmers.”
Each $20 charitable donation supports a family, individual or senior to buy fresh local food from their farmers’ market one time. A charitable donation of $320 will support a family, individual or senior for the entire summer farmers’ market season, from June to October. To donate, or learn more about the program, visit bcfarmersmakret.org/donate.
The BCAFM is a registered BC society representing more than 145 farmers’ markets across the province. Its mission is to develop, promote and strengthen farmers’ markets. The BCAFM was founded in 2000 and operates from Vancouver.