Initiative aims to allow Guilford County farmers to accept food stamps

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Mighty Tendril Farm's Adam Sherwood sells his radishes at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Greensboro, N.C. The state is launching a program to enroll farmers in the food stamp program via farmers markets, which allow people on food stamps to use their program allocations to purchase fresh produce directly from growers. (JERRY WOLFORD/News & Record)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — More than 50 farmers in Guilford County could begin accepting food stamps this summer, part of an expanding effort to make fresh food more available throughout North Carolina.

The program, a joint effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, allows growers to enroll as retailers in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Education Program, better known as SNAP benefits or food stamps.

This effort began in 2013 by allowing farmers’ markets to accept food stamps as payment for fresh produce but is expanding now to include individual growers who operate roadside stands or sell fruits and vegetables on-site at their farms, according to information from the state.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record