VIGA is proud to support our island agriculturists in a number of ways.
Everyone Wins With VIGA’s Food Access Partnership. Farm Food For ALL!
VIGA’s Food Access Partnership is a program committed to increase accessibility of locally grown fruits and vegetables to low-income islanders.
When Food Stamp customers shop at the Farmers Market, VIGA matches the first $10 spent each week with $10 in Fresh Bucks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. VIGA provides 100% match for the summer WIC fresh fruit and vegetables program and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Fresh Bucks are accepted at participating farmstands as well (see map on back).
The Partnership also allots VIGA Fresh Fruit and Produce coupons to island non-profits, who share them with clients and/or use them to purchase food for client meal preparation. Currently, VYFS, IFCH, the Senior Center, DoVE, La Comunidad, VHH, and Community Dinners participate with the Partnership.
Tax-deductible donations fund VIGA’s Food Access Partnership and can be made on line at www.vigavashon.org, by selecting the ‘Market Buck Match’ button.
If you have questions and/or want to join our Partnership team, contact Janie Starr
-VIGA is working in partnership with the Land Trust on some exciting land acquisition for island farmers, check back soon for status updates!
-The Farmers Market is working on new structure designs for the Market. Check back soon for updates!