Food prices, like everything else, are rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of food is 9.4% higher now than it was last year.
Residents can get financial help at select farmers’ markets by using EBT, or food stamps.
Farmers’ markets typically have lower prices than supermarkets. While many farmers’ markets on the island of Hawaii accept food stamps or EBT benefits, only three do on Oahu, according to an organizer for the Honolulu Farmer’s Market.
The Honolulu Farmer’s Market, which takes place every Wednesday at the Blaisdell Center, is currently experiencing a surge in sales.
Some of the market’s vendors accept food stamps, and those numbers are rising as well.
In April, EBT usage was at a minimum of $356 per week, compared to $267 in February. Larry Geller, who assists with EBT at the Honolulu Farmer’s Market, believes that’s plenty for the time being.
However, because extra food stamp dollars were available during the pandemic, the pattern of EBT could soon be changed.
Benefits have essentially ceased. Not just with food stamps, but in every aspect of life. “Both the federal and state governments consider the pandemic to be gone, and aid has dried up,” Geller added.
They want to spread the word about using food stamps at these locations because of this and inflation. Fresh fruit costs are currently up 8.3 percent year over year, while fresh vegetable prices are up 6.2 percent.
Here’s a list of items you can obtain with food stamps at the Honolulu Farmer’s Market:
Soups and empanadas are examples of cold prepared cuisine.
Cereals and bread
Beef, pork, and chicken, raw
Vegetables and fruits
Using federal cash at the markets will benefit both farmers and individuals who are struggling financially.
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“It gives us a wider range of customers.” Guys who use food stamps at this store account for about 10% to 15% of our income. “It’s significant,” farmer King Thephsourinthone explained.
“Even those who are struggling financially need to eat well. There are persons with diabetes, heart disease, and other ailments. Improving one’s diet is the only intervention that works for a wide spectrum of people.
Many of the fruits and vegetables on display at the farmer’s market were picked that morning. “They’re new,” Geller remarked.
Look for the Farm Bureau tent at the farmer’s market to use your food stamps. They can process your EBT card and issue you with small plastic cards that you can use as payment with retailers.