Low-income households in Rogers Park will have even greater accessibility to the fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods offered at the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to an $8,000 grant to the Market from LINK Up Illinois.
The grant will enable the Market to increase its weekly Double Dollar Matching Grant Program. This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Glenwood Sunday Market.
Double Dollars are bonus market tokens which match every SNAP (food stamps) purchase at the market dollar for dollar up to a certain limit. The new grant will enable the Market to increase the limit from $10 per weekly visit to $25. This means a family can spend up to $25 and receive $50 worth of healthy produce which they can prepare every week.
According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Rogers Park has the highest food insecurity rate on the north side of Chicago, with nearly17% of our neighbors experiencing times when they do not know how they will obtain their next meal. Approximately 10,000 Rogers Park residents rely on LINK benefits. The Glenwood Sunday Market has accepted LINK benefits since it opened in 2010 and serves hundreds of LINK shoppers every year.
The Market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the food farmers participating in the Glenwood Sunday Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use sustainable farming practices. The principle of “know your farmer, know your food,” is the watchword of the Glenwood Sunday Market, which is striving to be the greenest market in Chicago.
The Market runs every Sunday, rain or shine, from early June to late October. Locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods are featured, as well as weekly entertainment, educational programs, and fun activities for everyone. The Market is conveniently located just steps from the Morse Avenue stop on the CTA’s Red Line.