LA City Council Votes To Make It Mandatory For Farmers Markets To Accept Food Stamps
According to county data, well over a million people in the Los Angeles area rely on CalFresh to buy groceries each month, but more than half of the local farmers markets don’t accept EBT cards.
LA Moves To Require Farmers Markets To Accept Food Stamps
The Los Angeles City Council voted Friday to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance making it mandatory for all farmers markets to accept EBT cards (the electronic equivalent of food stamps). The vote was 11-0 with four council members absent. ... “It seemed very curious to us that farmers markets, which we all love, are not as inclusive to our low income neighbors as they could be,” said Clare Fox, executive director of the L.A. Food Policy Council. Fox’s organization is working with the L.A. City Council to make EBT a requirement at all farmers markets in L.A. (Davis-Young, 5/13)