Target: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Goal: Applaud initiative to make food stamps redeemable at farmers’ markets.
One of the hurdles preventing low-income families from accessing affordable, healthy food options has been overcome in Los Angeles. The city council has now made it a requirement for farmers’ markets to accept food stamps.
It was previously reported that nearly half of Los Angeles farmers markers didn’t accept EBT, the modern version of food stamps, as payment. Many local farmers’ market vendors supported the measure because it would provide a boost to business while helping families.
Over a million Angelenos use food stamps to buy meals every month, though their options mostly consist of fast food. By signing this petition, you will help to celebrate that these families will now have access to healthier options.
Dear Mayor Garcetti,
Thanks to recently passed legislation requiring Los Angeles farmers’ markets to accept food stamps, low-income families will have easier access to healthy and affordable food options. Previously, these families couldn’t access the local fruits and vegetables available as nearly half of the L.A. farmers’ markets did not accept food stamps.
Now, these families won’t be restricted from accessing a wide variety of healthy grocery options due to inopportune financial circumstances. I applaud this measure and hope more cities adopt similar ordinances.
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Photo credit: Gemma Billings