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What poor kids get from farmers' markets
Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's plan to use $10,000 in private foundation grants to fund a program designed to help low-income families stretch their food stamp benefits undoubtedly will help many of those struggling to make ends meet in the wake of this month's cuts to the federal Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. Under the mayor's proposal, food stamp recipients will be able to get up to $10 extra a week if they use their EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards at city farmers' markets. It doesn't make up for the $40 poor families will lose every month as a result of the cut in federal benefits, nor does it eliminate the difficulty many of them face in accessing and affording the fresh, local and healthy food available at farmers' markets. But at a time when many parents are struggling to put food on the table, every little bit helps.
November 6, 2013