Big Island Markets Offer Holiday Support for EBT Customers

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Some local markets are offering a bit of extra holiday cheer this season to a group that could use the help. It involves the government assistance program known as EBT—which stands for electronic benefit transfer---and includes the program formerly called “food stamps.”

This weekend, eight Hawaii Island farmers markets will offer EBT Double Dollar Days, allowing shoppers who use EBT to receive double the amount of their food purchases.

Andrea Dean, spokesperson for The Kohala Center, is excited to see Hawaii Island’s food system expand.  Dean believes programs like EBT Double Dollar Days can help low-income families increase access to fresh, local food…while also bringing new dollars and support to Hawaii farmers.

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EBT Double Dollar Days will be held on Saturday, December 22, at the Hilo Coffee Mill Farmers Market in Mountain View, Hilo Farmers Market and Kino‘ole Farmers Market in Hilo, Keauhou Farmers Market in Kona, Hāwī Farmers Market in North Kohala, and S.P.A.C.E. Farmers Market in Puna. Maku‘u Farmers Market in Puna and Volcano Farmers Market will hold EBT Double Dollar Days on Sunday, December 23.

For more information, visit www.kohalacenter.org/ebt.

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(Molly Solomon / HPR News)