Jack McFarland, Louisiana House Representative for District 13 which encompasses Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, and Winn parishes announces that as of November 17th and stemming from legislation he authored earlier this year that the “Greaux the Good” farmers market match program has been launched.
What the “Greaux the Good” program does is create a match program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and/or Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) which benefits both consumers and vendors who can now buy local farm products and support local businesses.
“I am proud of being able to bring all sides to the table to create this great program to help our families and businesses. With 27,000 farm operations in Louisiana, agriculture is one of the top economic drivers in the state. Of those, a little over 1,000 operate as ddirect-to-consumer” said McFarland. “Unfortunately, many families were shut out of this access to quality farm products due to economic reasons. This hurt our local businesses and contributed to Louisiana’s generally poor health outcomes. With the renewed interest and growth in farmers’ markets, many families have been able to improve their health while simultaneously supporting local businesses.”
If you operate a farm, here is the link to become a partner in the Greaux the Good Program: https://greauxthegoodla.org/become-a-partner