Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture
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  • July 23, 2019 Create Date
  • July 23, 2019 Last Updated
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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are extremely cost effective and convenient but are still unattainable for participants that receive SNAP benefits. CSAs require the full amount paid before the season begins, which is impossible for those who feed their family with SNAP benefits as the SNAP program does not allow participants to prepay for food.  Cortland County Community Action Program, Inc. (CAPCO) partnered with Main Street Farms, a local urban farm to pilot a program to make the CSAs available to SNAP participants. Main Street Farms reduced the cost of a share by 10% to $400.00. CAPCO was able to subsidize the cost of the CSA by paying for half each share $200.00each for five participants ($1000.00), making it more affordable to low income participants.  Main Street Farms was able to be approved to accept SNAP EBT (electronic benefit payments), allowing participants to pay toward the remainder of their share each week using their SNAP benefit at a cost of $10.00/week

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1563899360wpdm_Best Practice PP Cortland County Community Action Program.pptx

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