Sustainable development balances economic prosperity with environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic diversity. We can expand our agricultural economy and improve upon the island’s food sustainability with the creation of food hubs for local produce and dairy goods at major population zones.
I envision an evolved Farmers Market, almost like a Food Co-op with an online order and delivery system, extending the benefits of ownership through the community, prioritizing organic and local products, and increasing availability and access over the internet with a delivery system.
Value IS added for accessibility to residents through food hubs offering delivery AND accepting SNAP Benefits as form of payment
There is a Federal SNAP incentive program, that increases the purchasing power of low-income families, helping people buy more healthy, local foods, expanding markets for small farms, and supporting regional economies by keeping SNAP dollars circulating locally. For every $10 spent, SNAP users receive another $10 worth of fresh island-grown produce for free as part of the Double Up Food Bucks program.