Lawmakers seek update on fate of farmers market program
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro wants more information about the status of a program that allows low-income people to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at thousands of farmers markets across the country.
The U.S. Rep. and fellow Democratic U.S. Rep. Sanford D. Bishop Jr. of Georgia have asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explain how it’s addressing the possible end to an online transaction platform that allows recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, or SNAP, benefits to make purchases at the markets. They’ve asked for an update on the federal agency’s progress by July 20.
The USDA was recently notified that a company that currently provides the platform plans to shut down. In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, DeLauro and Bishop say the details surrounding the situation “remain unclear.”