POUGHKEEPSIE — Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP) is launching a new program, CSA is a SNAP, that offers a 50% discount to members purchasing a share using SNAP/EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Electronic Benefits Transfer).

The program is possible through PFP’s partnership with the Hudson Valley CSA (community supported agriculture) Coalition, a network facilitated by Glynwood Foundation, of more than 100 farms in the Mid-Hudson Valley region. CSA is a SNAP is supported by the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Grant Program from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

CSA is a SNAP allows members paying with SNAP/EBT to purchase discounted shares on a weekly basis: half shares at $12/week and whole shares at $24/week.

In addition to CSA is a SNAP, PFP provides Sponsored Shares available to low-income families on a sliding scale basis. The farm serves 120+ individuals within the Poughkeepsie community with sponsored shares annually.

Alongside these changes, the farm has temporarily suspended its workshare and provides shares at a self-selected sliding scale fee to enable community members to continue to access locally-grown food.

PFP has also added a new CSA distribution site in the City of Poughkeepsie at Sun River Health located at 75 Washington Street.

Madeline Henriquez, PFP’s Executive Director, said “CSA is a SNAP was first implemented into our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program last year to improve the accessibility and affordability of local food for Poughkeepsie residents. It is just one of the ways we are cultivating a just and sustainable food system.”

PFP has grown its impact substantially since it began in 1999 with three acres of revived farmland leased from Vassar College and 70 CSA shareholders.

Twenty years later, more than 500 families are shareholders that take home 80% of the 90 tons of certified naturally grown produce harvested each year from PFP’s 15-acre urban farm.

The other 20% is distributed through PFP’s Food Share program, which aims to address hunger, increase access to affordable, nutritious food, and create a healthier community.

To learn more about Poughkeepsie Farm Project’s CSA share options, contact Farm Communications and CSA Director Lauren Kaplan at (845) 418-9389 or hellocsa@farmproject.org.

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