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 $13,00 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 $4,500 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.
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!