'Lettuce Loot' debuts Thursday at Ravenna market

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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 ravennamarket@gmail.com or 330-472-5801.

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  • Wow the market is open 3 whole hours during the middle of the day. I just know everyone can take off from work to do their grocery shopping from 11AM to 2 PM. I also know that the produce being sold there is not locally grown. We do not have tomatoes and such yet. These vendors are just like the stores. They buy it from an importer and then resale it, so what is the difference between them and the local market? It sure is not the price.

  • How appropriate. Welfare recipients are already "looting" the rest of us, so this program of offering them up to $10 of free money to spend their already free money, while excluding people who work for their cash, is pretty aptly named.