Fresh, Local Food to Be Accessible to Customers of All Income Levels at the Market
BOSTON — The Boston Public Market announced today that it will participate in the City of Boston’s Boston Bounty Bucks program to provide additional accessibility to fresh, local food for residents of all income levels. Boston Bounty Bucks provides a dollar for dollar match, up to $10 a day, for SNAP customers to spend at participating farmers markets and the Boston Public Market.
The Boston Public Market houses 37 farmers, fishermen, and food producers from Massachusetts and throughout New England, selling items such as farm fresh produce; meat and poultry; eggs; milk and cheese; fish and shellfish; bread and baked goods; flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods. The Boston Public Market, located at 100 Hanover Street above the Haymarket MBTA station, is open Wednesday — Sunday, 8 a.m. — 8 p.m, year-round. It opened on July 30.
“This is a defining moment for food accessibility in the City of Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “Not only will this partnership increase access to healthy, fresh food for Boston residents, but it will also stimulate our local economy while supporting area farmers.”
The City of Boston, along with the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness and private funders, supports the Boston Bounty Bucks program for all SNAP-eligible products bought at outdoor seasonal farmers markets in Boston. Customers can swipe their EBT cards at farmers markets throughout the city to receive coupons redeemable at participating markets.
“At the Boston Public Market, ensuring accessibility to fresh food for all customers is a critical priority,” said Boston Public Market CEO Liz Morningstar. “We’re proud to accept Boston Bounty Bucks in the Public Market 5 days a week, 12 hours a day. Our seasonal farmers markets have participated in the program for years, and we are happy to be a part of its continued growth.”
Vendors at the Boston Public Market and the two seasonal farmers markets run by the Market accept SNAP/EBT for all eligible products, including produce, meat, seafood, dairy, bread, and more. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, provides financial assistance to enable low-income Americans to purchase food. In Massachusetts, SNAP benefits are administered by the state Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), using electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards.
The Boston Public Market is located in downtown Boston’s emerging Market District, next to the Haymarket pushcart vendors and the historic Blackstone Block, and it sits on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Freedom Trail. 100 Hanover Street also contains the Boston RMV branch, entrances to the Haymarket MBTA station, and a parking garage. Two Hubway bikeshare stations are located nearby, and on-site bike parking is being installed this fall.
The Boston Public Market is the only locally-sourced market of its kind in the United States. Everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England.
The Market is a civic resource, educating the public about food sources, nutrition, and preparation. In addition to more than 35 vendor stalls, the Boston Public Market includes a 3,200 square foot demonstration kitchen, programmed by The Trustees of Reservations, the Market’s programming partner, with opportunities such as hands-on cooking demos, lectures, family activities, exercise classes, training and community events.
For more information, visit www.bostonpublicmarket.org, Facebook (Facebook.com/BostonPublicMarket), Twitter (@BosPublicMarket), and Instagram (@BostonPublicMarket). You can follow all the activity at the Market by using #bostonpublicmarket.