Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses!

No matter the the mayor, the city manager, the council members, Dallas has the propensity for coming up with every excuse in the world why something cannot be done.

It's true with housing, with education, even with something as basic as food.

Why are there no grocery stores selling fresh food and vegetables in poor communities. The excuses abound: the market, crime, the size of property.

The excuses are particularly irritating when you see that other city's find a way to get things done. Take for instance Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's new mayor is somehow finding a way to do more than get the conversation started. Take a look at this...

In Dallas, we seem to be compelled to take baby steps. So, while Mayor Emanuel is meeting with grocers and providing incentives to get them into low income areas, CitySquare has decided to press for the Dallas Farmers' Market to accept food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards. While not quite the same thing, it does provide low income people who are SNAP recipients to have access to fresh produce.

As always, it takes public pressure to make something like this happen. If you support our efforts and you live in Dallas, please signal that support by clicking on the link below and signing our online petition that we will submit to Dallas' City Council to get the Farmers' Market to accept SNAP!

Sign the Petition
Dallas Farmers Market to Accept SNAP (EBT/Lone Star Card)

The Dallas Farmers Market is one of the largest urban farmers market in Texas located close to food deserts. Currently the market does not accept Lone Star Card/ EBT benefits. The Lone Star Card is used for SNAP and TANF. SNAP is the new name for food stamps; TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) is cash benefits.

Accepting the Lone Star Card at the Dallas Farmers Market would allow families receiving SNAP (Food Stamps) or TANF to shop for fresh, locally grown products to which they currently have limited access to due to living in food deserts with few grocery stores.

The Dallas Farmers Market is run by the city of Dallas. We are asking that the Dallas Farmers Market accept the Lone Star Card and call on the Dallas City Council to officially take action.

• Sign the Dallas Farmers Market should accept SNAP (EBT/Lone Star Card) online petition.

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