A small town Farmers Market in the Ozarks is giving coupons to low-income mothers and children so they can get fresh produce, meat and eggs.
The Webb City Farmer’s Market does local fundraising to be able to give five dollar coupons to families enrolled in the WIC program.
WIC is a government nutritional and food program for low-income women and children. But the Farmer’s Market’s coupons don’t come from government funds. The only tie the market's coupons have to WIC are the eligibility factor: if a family is enrolled in WIC, then they can receive the local coupons in addition to the WIC benefits.
The market manager, Rachael Lynch, says the market wants to supply nutritious foods to lower income families.
“It’s important for children to have nutrition that they need during their first few years of development. And I guess that’s why we targeted the WIC program because it does serve to women and children of a young age," Lynch said.
The coupon program lasts until those private funds run out.
The market is open on Saturdays in Webb City from 9 to noon, rain or shine.