Wholesome Wave, an initiative led by award-winning chef Michel Nischan, has worked with the farming community since 2007 to develop relationships between communities in need and farmers looking for new local customers.As reported on the website Eatocracy, Wholesome Wave has now teamed up with MarketUmbrella, a New Orleans-based non-profit group, to offer food-buying support to Gulf fishing families impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The disastrous spill which released an estimated 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf has devastated thousands of commercial fishermen, crabbers and shrimpers along the coast. Many remain without a reliable source of income.
The new program, called MarinersMatch, allows those who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer (SNAP EBT) or food stamps to receive double benefits when shopping at any of 160 participating farmers markets in 20 states across the country. The presentation of a valid fishing license and a photo ID will entitle the bearer to $40 worth of farmers market tokens for each purchase of food from local farmers along the New Orleans and Mississippi Gulf Coasts, while supplies last.