Healthy Local Foods

Cleveland has a growing local food system. Residents from across the city can find healthy local foods at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. Sustainable Cleveland tracks the locations of farmer’s markets and grocery stores with healthy food options to better understand which residents have access to healthy local food.

Source: Local Food Cleveland, Cuyahoga County Assessment: Access to Supermarkets, Retail Food Gaps and Opportunities in Cuyahoga County

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To help reach the most at need, farmer's markets were encouraged to accept electronic benefit transfers (EBT) from individuals on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly known as food stamps). In 2010, Produce Perks was introduced, which provides SNAP users with a maximum $10 match for each $10 spent at a farmer's market. The chart below summarizes the impact of these efforts.

Source: Fresh Local Produce for All: A Cleveland Success Story, May 2016

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