Michele Spring Reporting:

(Monday, September 10, 2018) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – The Tuscarawas Valley Farmers market has been awarded a $1,000 grant to supplement their “Produce Perks” program.

This program allows the market to support community members who utilize the Ohio Direction Card by assisting with their food needs.

Chairman Mark McKenzie explained how the market will match a requested amount in “Produce Perks” coins.

“So we’ll match up to any $20 request for their funds. So, if they ask for $20 in Ohio Direction Card benefits at the market, they’ll get another $20 in produce perks, which again, allows them to purchase $20 of fruits and vegetables at no cost to them.”

In order to participate in the program, Ohio Direction Card users will have to answer a quick survey but once the customer is enrolled, they’ll be able to come back each week to take advantage of the program.

McKenzie says this is a win-win scenario for consumers and produce growers.

“It is a very nice addition. It is a nice way to honor those that actually need that benefit within our community and we’re thankful to be able to provide that. We hope that people continue to take advantage of that as long as we have the funding.”

If funds are available each year, the TVFM will continue to apply for grant money to go toward the Produce Perks program.

The Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market is open every Wednesday from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at the Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds in Dover. The last day will be October 10th.

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