WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The city of West Lafayette is working to make fresh food more accessible for SNAP recipients.
The city has partnered with City Bus to offer free rides to the Lafayette and West Lafayette Farmers Markets.
The West Lafayette Farmers Market began accepting food stamps last year. City leaders say not many took advantage of it.
They realized getting transportation to the markets was a potential problem. This year the city is paying City Bus $1000 for its free services. SNAP recipients just have to show bus drivers their SNAP cards.
Julia Zuchkov with the Department of Development said something had to be done.
“The hope is that more people have access to the fresh food that we have in this community,” said Zuchkov. “We have a ton of produce and great market vendors and we just want to make sure that more people have access to them.”
Zuchkov hopes these free rides help bring people out.
“We hope that will help people at least with the transportation aspect of it,” said Zuchkov. “People who aren't able to use a car or whatever the case may be.”
The city will use the data they gather from bus riders and market shoppers to determine if this is a service they should continue in the future.
The West Lafayette Farmers Market is also offering a Double-Up Program. SNAP recipients will be able to double the amount of produce they pay for.
The Lafayette and West Lafayette Farmers Market will be open in May.