Utah State University
Food insecurity is often a hidden problem, and it impacts families and individuals in all communities, regardless of geography. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to sufficient food for an active, healthy life. More simply put, people who experience food insecurity cannot afford to buy enough food. Food insecurity rates in Utah are similar to the national average with roughly 10% of Utah households, more than 300,000 people, experiencing food insecurity. While there are several variables that contribute to food insecurity, food access and cost are major factors. Farmers markets are critical in increasing access to healthy, local foods. One important way that farmers markets do this is by participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps families stretch their food dollars. This toolkit outlines how farmers markets can implement a SNAP program, and help combat food insecurity in their communities.
Emmons, Regan; Stuchly, Bridget; and Cornia, Gina, "Utah Farmers Market SNAP Toolkit" (2020). All Current Publications. Paper 2092.