Farmers Markets: Working with Community Partners to Provide Essential Services During COVID-19

  • Shannon Klisch University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
  • Katherine E. Soule University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
Keywords: Farmers Markets, COVID-19, Pandemic, CalFresh, SNAP, EBT, Community Partnership

Abstract

I will do whatever it takes to keep it open.

—Farmers Market Manager in San Luis Obispo County on efforts to keep the markets open during the pandemic

In San Luis Obispo (SLO) County, California, the SLO Food System Coalition hosts an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) at Farmers’ Markets Workgroup. Workgroup partners include representa­tives from food banks, public health departments, social services, University of California (UC) Cooper­ative Extension (UCCE), and local farmers market associations. The workgroup aims to increase the use of CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps, known nationally as SNAP) at famers markets in SLO County to foster (1) equitable access to healthy foods, and (2) support for local farmers. . . .

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Author Biographies

Shannon Klisch, University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

Community Education Supervisor

Katherine E. Soule, University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

Assistant Vice Provost

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Published
2020-08-26
How to Cite
Klisch, S., & Soule, K. (2020). Farmers Markets: Working with Community Partners to Provide Essential Services During COVID-19. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(4), 175–179. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.094.035
Section
Commentaries on COVID-19 and the Food System