Organizers of the Spenard Farmer's Market knew it was important to expand the emerging farmers markets and make available to residents throughout the Anchorage area, as much Alaska grown foods as possible. The next step in the growth of the Spenard Farmer's Market was to offer these locally grown foods to Alaskans utilizing food assistance benefits. Since the Spenard Farmer's Market is the most affordable market for start-up farmers and the most easily accessible by public transportation, it was decided that volunteer time would be dedicated to making it Anchorage's "food assistance friendly" market.
Spenard Farmers Market (SFM) is proud to congratulate the Leadership Anchorage Year 14 Team that spent the last 8 months working with the SFM Food Assistance Committee to develop a food assistance plan for our market. Team members included Jeanne Larsen, Alissa Nagel, Leslie Need, Jana Turvey and Rob Walker with the SFM Volunteer Food Assistance Chair, Kim Wetzel as the group's sponsor. While talking to some organizations interested in food issues, the LA 14 team identified a grant through the Department of Health and Social Services that lead to the Food Stamp/Quest card Pilot Project. For your free digital copy of the 2011 Spenard Farmer's Market Food Assistance Handbook e-mail the Spenard Farmer's Market at spenardfarmersmarket.org with "request for Food Assistance Handbook" in the subject line.