BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- A program at some local farmers markets is making it much easier for low income families to get the fresh fruits and vegetables they need.
Three farmers markets in the area, the Bangor Farmers Market, the Brewer Farmers Market and the Ohio Street farmers market, are offering a fifty percent discount on food products to those who shop using their EBT cards.
The Bangor and Ohio Street farmers markets started this program last year, and the Brewer Farmers market will begin the discounts staring July 6.
Food AND Medicine raised funds to cover the cost of the fifty percent discount given to EBT users. Shoppers pay half price on food items when they check out, and the farmers are reimbursed by Food AND Medicine at a later date.
Representatives from Food AND Medicine say this program has had a huge impact on the community.
"This program has really changed a lot of folks lives, and they've told us that," said Erin Sweeny of Food AND Medicine. "Alot of folks didn't realize they could purchase this fresh food and actually be able to afford it."
If you are looking to take advantage of the discounts offered at the Farmers Markets in your area, there are a lot of opportunities for you to do so. The Bangor Farmers Market, located at the corner of Harlow Street and Franklin Street across from the Bangor Public Library, is open on Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM. The Ohio Street Farmers market, located at 1192 Ohio Street in Bangor, is open Wednesdays from 2 PM to 6 PM, and the Brewer Farmers market, located at the Brewer Auditorium is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 AM to 1 PM.