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Program matches CalFresh dollars at farmers markets

People who get food assistance can double their money — up to $20 worth at least — while shopping at some local farmers markets, thanks to a grant.

The Market Match program rolled out in September at four Butte County farmers markets.

Unfortunately Saturday is the last day of the season for the Oroville market, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Montgomery and Meyers streets. Two of the markets were in Paradise, but they have shut down for the season. The program will resume at those three markets when they start back up in May.

But the program is also available at the market at the North Valley Plaza in Chico, which runs 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays year-round. It is not offered at the Saturday market in downtown Chico.

How it works

Participants in the CalFresh program can already use their EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards at the four markets where Market Match has been added.

The cards are swiped through a reader at the market manager’s…

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