Starting today, the Downtown Ravenna Farmers Market will offer up to a $10 match in Lettuce Loot coupons to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients who purchase tokens with their Ohio Direction Card.
People will receive $2 coupons for every $10 in tokens they purchase, starting with the first week of every month and continuing until the market's budget is spent.
The Lettuce Loot program was created in conjunction with the Haymaker Farmers' Market in Kent, to help combat issues of food insecurity in Portage County.
The program's goal is to introduce more people to the long-term health, economic, and social benefits of eating a fresh, local diet, and to help them maximize the buying power of their assistance dollars.
There will be live music today, with classical guitarist Brian Henke from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., plus a cooking demonstration with samples and recipe card from The Campus Kitchen at Kent State University.
Hot local food lunch items are available at the market from the SCRATCH, Free-Range Food Truck, and picnic tables are provided.
The market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city parking lot at Meridian and Cedar streets, one block north of Main Street in Ravenna.
For more information about Lettuce Loot and the SNAP program at the market, call Kelly Ferry, market manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-472-5801.