Several Pike Place Market businesses now accept Food Stamps
When did arbitrary prohibitive months become a hot trend? No Shave November. Sober January. These days it seems like everyone and their mother is talking up their (month-long) commitment to sobriety. Well along with all the sober talkers, this month also brings plenty of sobering talk on the growing hunger and food insecurity problem in the United States and Washington state.
Just before Christmas, The Seattle Timesreported this astonishing fact: "In the past two years...the number of people in Washington state receiving food stamps has soared by nearly 60 percent, about twice the national increase." (Last week, The New York Times ran a feature on the growing number of people--currently six million, or about 1 in 50 Americans--whose only source of income is food stamps.) Approximately 855,000 Washingtonians are on food stamps, and the "Basic Food" program is seeing a daily enrollment increase of 3,000. Daily! Is there an upside to any of this news?
Well, for starters, the stigma of needing public assistance and stereotypes about who uses food stamps are decreasing. Also, the number of businesses accepting food stamps is growing, making it possible for consumers to buy a wide range of foods suited to their tastes and backgrounds. Along with supermarkets and Costco, food stamps are honored at farmers markets and Pike Place Market.
Pike Place Market has released this list of close to fifteen market businesses accepting food stamps, making it possible for those who value eating local to continue doing so, and allowing others who thought local produce was out of their reach to enjoy the market's bounty as well.
Pike Place Market Businesses Accepting Food Stamps (EBT card)