2014-08-01 / Letters

SNAP is not city’s decision

To the editor:

A few weeks ago I wrote about the lack of SNAP acceptance

at the South Portland Farmers Market, and the detrimental effect this is having on some of South Portland’s most vulnerable residents, as well as decreasing potential sales for the farmers.

I received an informative email from South Portland City Manager Jim Gailey, who explained that the farmers market is a private venture and that the city has no influence over how they run their business.

With that in mind, I am asking that the managers of the farmers market please reconsider the decision not to accept SNAP. There are many other farmers markets in Maine that do accept SNAP, some of them much smaller than the South Portland market, and there are even some small single-farmer vegetable stands that accept SNAP, so I assume it’s not particularly burdensome to accept it.

There may be a perfectly valid reason why it’s not accepted in South Portland; it would be helpful to know what that reason is, and perhaps there might be some way for us to work together to resolve it.

Adrian Dowling
South Portland

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