SNAP at the Farmers Market
Urban Seeds is the Vanderburgh County fiscal agent for administering SNAP benefits with the Food and Nutrition Services of the USDA at both the Franklin Street Bazaar and Market on Main farmers markets. Our mission to increase access to nourishing foods for everyone in our community is well-served by this initiative which allows for our community members receiving SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to use their benefits at local farmers markets. Not only are shoppers then provided access to fresh produce — a staple of a nourishing eating plan yet not available in all neighborhoods — but our local farmers are supported as well with increase purchases from more community members.
Meal Planning and Shopping and Cooking on a Budget education and demonstrations are at the foundation of our community outreach. Dispelling the myth that healthy meals are too expensive and time consuming to prepare, we share practical tips for planning culturally familiar foods that are cost-effective, easy to prepare, and most importantly delicious!
Evansville Area Food Council
The Food Council meets quarterly to discuss and explore opportunities for programming and initiatives that touch on all things Food Justice — Food and Health, Food and Access, Food and Justice, Food and Education. Urban Seeds convened the EAFC in 2018 in response to the observation that while many effective initiatives and programs were being facilitated in the EVV area, there was also duplication and an underutilization of resources. There are many partners at the EAFC table, from nonprofits, to corporations and professional entities, to faith-based groups, to educators, to farmers and food producers, to consumers. The EAFC was an integral piece of the creation of the Market on Main farmers market with many shared ideas from the Council participants coming to fruition as the market started, as one example of engagement.
Diminishing Food Waste
Our Future Projects
Community Bulk Food Buying Club Community
Welborn Baptist Foundation
Healthy Communities Partnership
Old National Bank
JD Levy & Associates