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University District Farmers Market offers program to encourage healthy eating on a budget

The farmers markets will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday from May 10 to Sept. 27 in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock University Plaza Parking Lot at 5820 Asher Ave.

The UA Little Rock University District will host a special program during its weekly Farmers Market on Thursday, Sept. 13, to encourage shoppers to learn how to plan a healthy meal on a budget. 

During “Cooking Matters at the Farmers Market,” participants can take the $10 challenge to practice purchasing low-cost, healthy food and earn a free $10 to spend at the market. Representatives from the Arkansas Department of Human Services will be on site in the mobile SNAP van to answer questions.

With Double Up Food Bucks, the Farmers Market will match up to $20 on SNAP/EBT card benefits spent on fruits and vegetables.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 at the University Plaza Parking Lot at 5820 Asher Ave., Little Rock. The program is sponsored by the Arkansas Food Bank, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, and Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention.