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
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)