CANADA, June 5 – New funding for the BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program will help improve access to healthy, locally grown food for lower-income British Columbians and people who are pregnant, while increasing the number of Elders and seniors participating in the program.
The Province provided the BC Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) with approximately $12 million to support the program, which provides coupons to purchase fresh, healthy, local food at B.C. farmers’ markets.
“Our government continues to support the BC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupon Program, which is widely supported across the province,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The program encourages people to buy nutritious, locally grown food, which helps to improve the health and well-being of British Columbians and builds a sense of community.”
Of the funding, $3 million will be used to support approximately 1,750 additional seniors’ households joining the program. The BCAFM will work with existing community partners to invite more seniors in need to participate as well as invite new organizations that serve seniors into the program.