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July 25, 2016

Good Samaritan Medical Center Sponsors Local Farmer’s Markets

Good Samaritan Medical Center is a Platinum Sponsor to both the Stoughton Farmer’s Market and the Brockton Farmer’s Market in an effort to support the markets as they provide fresh and local produce to the communities the hospital serves. 
“Most chronic disease prevention and self-management will involve a diet that is ripe with fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Paulo L. Gomes, MSHS, Director of Community Health at Good Samaritan Medical Center. “However, access to those products can be limited in some areas, which is why the Farmer’s Markets are key to creating and maintaining healthy communities.”
Both markets participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by accepting SNAP EBT cards for purchase.  Stoughton participates in a SNAP Match program that will double those using EBT up to $20 (for $40 in tokens).
“We’ve been matching SNAP benefits for several years,” added Teresa Tapper, Board President for the Stoughton Market. “It truly benefits all parties involved and we’re thrilled to see families return week after week – these are hard working community members committed to maintaining the health of their families.”
Vendors at the Farmer’s Markets appreciate the program as well – more dollars spent means less potential for product waste. 
Brockton has been approved to accept EBT, but is still growing their funds for matching.  Currently they have limited resources to match up to $10 ($20 in vouchers) which will run out soon.
“The SNAP match program allows us to help families stretch their benefits further,” said Jon Van Kuiken, Brockton Market Manager. “Our goal is to raise not only funds, but awareness, so we can assist anyone who needs it.”  
Van Kuiken started an Indiegogo campaign to accept individual and private donations, which will go directly to the families who need it.
The Brockton Farmer’s Market is located at City Hall Plaza every Friday from 10am – 2pm; Stoughton Farmer’s Market operates on the First Parish Universalist Church Green every Saturday, also from 10am – 2pm, rain or shine.