Your FoodShare dollars could once again get you nutritious food directly from local farmers this summer in Sturgeon Bay and Jacksonport. The United Way of Door County is bringing back its token program for another season at the Sturgeon Bay and Jacksonport farmer’s markets. FoodShare/SNAP beneficiaries can exchange their funds for one-dollar tokens to use at select vendors. Last year, the United Way of Door County sold $2,900 worth of tokens between the two farmer’s markets, up from $1,800 the previous year when the program was limited to just Sturgeon Bay. United Way of Door County’s Amy Kohnle says it is a great program for customers and vendors alike.
Kohnle says there are currently no plans to expand the program to other farmer’s markets in the county due to unreliable internet that is needed to connect with FoodShare accounts and the lack of available volunteers. The Jacksonport Farmer’s Market officially opens for the year on May 16th at Lakeside Park while Sturgeon Bay will start theirs on June 3rd.