2018 Union Square Farmers Market SNAP Match

For: All SNAP-recipients!
Somerville, MA
Organizer: Union Square Main Streets
2018 Union Square Farmers Market SNAP Match (All SNAP-recipients!)
$6,659
of $5,000 goal
100% Complete
Raised by 60 donors

The Story

Looking for Good Food For All details? click here to learn how 30+ local businesses are helping to raise funds for the SNAP match at the Union Square Farmers Market!


Union Square Main Streets (USMS) need your help to ensure that our neediest neighbors are able to purchase fresh, healthy, local food from the farmers market.


How It Works

SNAP (or formerly known as food stamps) recipients use their benefit cards to purchase farmers market tokens. Union Square Main Streets then matches every dollar, up to $10, allowing SNAP customers to spend $10 and receive $20 worth of healthy, fresh, local food.


Why This Is Important

Between 2000 and 2010, the poverty rate in Somerville grew from 12.5% to 18%. More than 13,000 Somerville residents live below the poverty line. With rising housing costs and federal budget cuts, it has become increasingly difficult for families to be able to afford healthy farmers market products.


How You Can Help

Since 2005, because of the generosity of Union Square residents and businesses, Union Square Main Streets has been able to provide over $13,000 matching SNAP-payments to help hundreds of our neighbors eat good, fresh, locally-grown food. In 2017, we matched $4,373! We need your help again this year to ensure that we can continue to provide access to healthy food for those in need. We need $5,000 to sustain the SNAP match for the 2018 Union Square Farmers Market season. The market opens May 12 and runs through November 17, so we need your donation today!


Your contribution will help feed our neighbors. All donations are tax deducible. So please, give today. Any amount will help.


Donation Levels

Here is what your donation provides:

$10 = one SNAP match for one family

$40 = SNAP match benefits for one family for one month

$100 = one SNAP match for ten families

$200 = all the SNAP match funds for one Saturday farmers market


About Union Square Main Streets

Union Square Main Streets, a nonprofit organization, works collaboratively to actively support a vibrant neighborhood by preserving the character and advancing the economic strength of the Union Square business district and community. By highlighting the artistic and ethnic strengths of the neighborhood, we seek to drive commercial and economic development. We celebrate food - local and international, our own eclectic creative sensibilities, and the dense, unique fabric of our New England square that blossomed before there was such a thing as smart growth.

The staff and directors of Union Square Main Streets thank you so much for your generous support of our community!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 2, 2018

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Posted on July 2, 2018

Good Food For All brought a week of important community conversations and a spectrum of fun and delicious promotions from 30+ amazing Union Square businesses. Thank you to all who took part!

It will be exciting to see contributions from businesses come in in the coming days—we are just $1,800 from our goal! Individual donations from neighbors and friends very much welcome too.

Go, Union Square, go!



Posted on June 25, 2018

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Posted on June 25, 2018

We have crested 50% of our 2018 goal—just amazing!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to help keep Good Food For All available at the Union Square Farmers Market.  Your generosity matters!


Posted on June 7, 2018

Posted on June 7, 2018

So close to reaching $1000! Almost there.

Thank you for your support and joining us in this great effort to make the Farmers Market more accessible for all.

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