By Jason Moore
President of Montana Co-op
HOT SPRINGS — Starting in July, customers of the Camas Organic Market who receive SNAP benefits can double the value of their food assistance dollar every Tuesday and Thursday. Camas Organic Market is the first grocery store to offer this Double SNAP Dollars program in Montana since the Missoula Food Cooperative closed its doors last summer.
Fifteen percent of Sanders County residents receive SNAP benefits and the Double SNAP Dollars program ensures the nutritious and local foods offered by Camas Organic Market can be within reach for these community members. SNAP customers will receive coupons that can be used to buy fruits and vegetables at the market after they make a food purchase with their benefits. A $10 food purchase paid for with SNAP benefits earns the customer $10 in Double SNAP Dollars coupons. This program is brought to Hot Springs through a partnership between Camas Organic Market, the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC), and Community Heart and Soul.
“Thank you to CFAC for working with the Community Heart & Soul organization that facilitates the discovery of common goals and needs, then organizes the people together to make wonderful projects come alive. We know that Hot Springs has a high poverty population and these extra veggies will give healthy food access to those that need it most. We need to start organizing a team to support fund raising for this Double SNAP program for next year; if you can help as a volunteer or donor, please call or email Jason Moore, President of Montana Co-op and interim co-coordinator for the Hot Springs Heart & Soul: 406-285-1149; firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Camas Organic Market is open Monday – Saturday from 9am-6pm at 300 Main St in Hot Springs. Customers will be able to earn the Double SNAP Dollars coupons on every Tuesday and Thursday starting July 2.
Double SNAP Dollars programs have been in operation at farmers market and farm share programs across the state since 2015. For more information about Double SNAP Dollars visit DoubleDollarsMT.com.