Bronson Winter Farmers Market Now Accepting SNAP Bridge Cards
Shoppers at the Bronson Winter Farmers Market can now use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Bridge Card, formerly Food Stamps, to shop for nutritious, locally grown food. More than 1 in 7 Michigan residents use SNAP bridge cards to help feed themselves and/or their families.
Bronson Winter Farmers Market is open to the public, in addition to Bronson employees, patients and visitors. Market shoppers who currently receive SNAP Bridge Card assistance can use their card during a shopping trip to the farmers market in the same way they would use it at a grocery store.
“Our vendors provide fresh, local and nutritious food for residents of our community,” explains Grant Fletcher, system director of healthy living and sustainability at Bronson Healthcare. “At Bronson, we are committed to advancing the health of our community. That includes making it easier for our employees, patients, visitors and community to access healthy food. Accepting Bridge Cards is just one way that we make sure we are meeting that goal.”
As of 2018, over 160 farmers markets in Michigan accept SNAP Bridge Cards, up from just three participating farmers markets in 2006. Shoppers can use the Michigan Farmers Market Association’s “Find a Farmers Market” online map to find a farmers market near them that accepts SNAP and other forms of food assistance benefits. Visit www.mifma.org/findafarmersmarket to find a farmers market near you.
The Bronson Winter Farmers Market is located in the SkyCourt Café on the south campus of Bronson Methodist Hospital, 601 John Street in Kalamazoo. Free parking is available in the Vine Street ramp at Vine and Burdick streets. The market is open every Tuesday through March 27, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the video below, listen to Paige Kyle, healthy living coordinator at Bronson Methodist Hospital, and Grant Fletcher, director of healthy living, sustainability & food services at Bronson Healthcare, discuss the benefits of eating a healthy diet, as well as Bronson's commitment to serving fresh, locally sourced food: