Nonprofit Farmers Market Gets $280,000 Grant for Low-Income Shoppers

San Francisco's nonprofit Heart of the City Farmers Market has received a $280,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help feed low-income shoppers.

According to a statement on Heart of the City's Facebook page, the award is part of the USDA's Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant program, which has given $3.7 million to Ecology Center's farmers market partners in California. Heart of the City will begin matching EBT customers' purchases and help others "stretch limited food budgets to incorporate healthy, sustainably-harvested produce" on May 1.

Heart of the City takes place in San Francisco's Civic Center on Wednesdays and Sundays. It's the only independently operated farmers market in the city.

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