June Resource: Stretch Your Food Budget

As your summer planning begins, consider ways to keep your household food expenses low during Vermont’s growing season with these valuable community programs:

Crop Cash doubles 3SquaresVT benefits spent at farmers markets, helping households purchase more fresh produce from area farmers! Contact your Resource Coordinator to learn about how to use Crop Cash and which farmers markets near you participate in this program.

Look for Farm to Family Vouchers through WIC and local Community Action Agencies! Farm to Family vouchers are provided primarily to WIC participants to help families access fresh, local produce at farmers markets. WIC participants, watch for details in the June WIC newsletter or make an appointment with your local WIC office. Community Action offices have limited quantities available, so act fast.

Are you a gardener? Did you know you can purchase seeds and starts with 3SquaresVT benefits? You can also explore community garden plots to expand or start a garden. Visit Vermont Community Garden Network to find a community plot near you: http://vcgn.org/garden-directory/

Inquire with your Resource Coordinator about affordable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares in your region. This is a great way to keep healthy food coming into the house all summer long. Visit NOFA VT for information about affordable farm shares: http://nofavt.org/farmshare

Do you have additional food resource questions? Would you like help navigating other resources? Contact CCV’s Working Bridges Resource Coordinator, Connie Beal. Connie is available to CCV faculty, staff, and students. She is at CCV Winooski on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 211D inside the Learning Center. She’s also available by phone or email if you’re not in the Burlington area: 802-881-4218/connie@unitedwaynwvt.org

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