The 5pm Post – Columbia Heights Community Marketplace receives big USDA grant

by Prince Of Petworth October 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm 14 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

From a press release:

“The Columbia Heights Community Marketplace received a $65,000 grant from the federal government earlier this week to help more low-income individuals and families purchase fresh, nutritious food, develop the local Columbia Heights economy and increase incomes for local farmers.

“This grant will help us get local food into the hands of our less fortunate friends and neighbors in Columbia Heights and beyond and also expand economic opportunity for family farmers in the Washington, DC region,” said Robert Schubert, executive director of the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

In order to encourage individuals from all walks of life to participate in this market and increase access to nutritious food, the Marketplace doubles the value of various types of federal nutrition assistance — SNAP, WIC Get Fresh Checks and Senior FMNP coupons – up to $10 each week through its Festibucks program. This stretches low-income community members’ limited food budget to ensure that they can purchase nutritious food that will improve their health.

With this grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Marketplace can now greatly expand Festibucks so that hundreds more low-income community members can purchase good food that’s good for them.

“This program was incentive for my children to be more involved in their nutrition choices,” said one user of Festibucks in 2010. “They found it fun to shop and make choices at the market.”

To learn more about the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, please visit www.chfestivus.org and facebook.com/CHFestivus. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/CHFestivus.

To learn more about the Farmers Market Promotion Program, please visit


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