Alaska Farmers' Market - QUEST Card Program
All Alaskans should have access to fresh, healthy, local foods. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Obesity Prevention and Control Program (OPCP) and Division of Public Assistance, and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Division of Agriculture work together to administer and fund the Alaska Farmers’ Market Quest Program (AFMQP). The AFMQP provides farmers’ markets and farm stands with grant funding and support to accept Quest cards (also known as SNAP or Food Stamps). The AFMQP has grown from 2 markets in 2011 to 11 markets in 2014.
AFMQP also provides incentive funds to match up to the first $20 of SNAP benefits spent by a Quest customer. Since 2011, Quest sales and matching dollars have grown from nearly $6,000 to over $35,000. This program makes healthy, local foods more affordable for low income Alaskans and provides more revenue for Alaska’s farmers and small food businesses.
Quest at the Market: Cooking with Fresh Alaska Chef Rob Kinneen
OPCP worked with the Food Bank of Alaska and Chef Rob Kinneen to develop these videos using foods that can be purchased at farmers’ markets with Quest cards in delicious, low-cost recipes.
For more information about the Alaska Quest Program, visit www.akquest.alaska.gov.
For more information about the USDA SNAP at farmers’ markets or an application for USDA FNS authorization to accept SNAP benefits, visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/fm.htm or call 1-877-823-4369.
For more information about the Alaska Farmers’ Market-Quest Card Program, please email Diane Peck, MPH, RD or call 907-269-8447.