Federal Resources to Support Farmers Markets
Parks and recreation sites are perfectly suited to host or serve as partners in community farmers markets. But often, it can seem daunting on how to launch and sustain markets. Join us as we dive into the resources available to park and recreation agencies to start and support farmers markets using federal and state resources. Kate Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald-Canepa Consulting and Matthew Benson of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will share best practices for making the most of resources available to support access to fresh, local agriculture through farmers markets.
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Program Manager, National Recreation and Park Association
Maureen Acquino is a Program Manager for the National Recreation and Park Association. As a part of the Health and Wellness team, she focuses on healthy out-of-school time programming and inclusive practices in parks and recreation.
Kate Fitzgerald works on policy that links family farms with low-income consumers to achieve economic opportunity and better public health. Based in Texas for 25 years, she now works in Washington, DC and concentrates on federal policy including SNAP produce incentive programs, connecting low-income shoppers with farmers’ markets, rural grocery store viability, and regional food supply chains.
Program Analyst, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service
Matt Benson is a Program Analyst with USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. He has worked for FNS for a little more than six years. Currently, Matt primarily supports the WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Prior to this, he supported USDA’s Farm to School Program.