Worcester farmers markets food insecurity SNAP assistance programs

 Worcester farmers markets food insecurity SNAP assistance programs

WORCESTER — Yajaira Calderon of Worcester shopped at the Beaver Brook Farmers Market on Chandler Street Friday morning for the first time for some fresh fruits and vegetables even though she’s been enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) since the pandemic hit last year. 

Calderon and her daughter heavily rely on the program as she tries to budget her spending on food, usually within $150 weekly. 

Beaver Brook Farmers Market provides access to locally grown fresh veggies and fruits to residents at a discount and accepts SNAP, Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) benefits and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) farmers market coupons. The market at 316 Chandler St. is open from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays and Fridays.

“I feel like it is really helpful,” Calderon said, adding that the program can also help budget her food spending. “It’s nice to be able to help other farmers and them to help us, too. It’s a good…

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