The Department of Community and Human Services received a $10,000 donation from an anonymous donor to help fight food insecurity during the pandemic.
In a letter, the donor asked that the funds provide assistance to Alexandria families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which assist individuals and families who are unable to purchase sufficient food for themselves.
The donation will be used to help expand the SNAP Double Dollars program, which allows SNAP customers who visit participating Alexandria farmers’ markets to receive up to $20 in double dollars to purchase eligible food products at the markets.
The Double Dollars programs helps these vulnerable families stretch their food dollars and access healthier, locally grown foods. Research shows that low-income households participating in the program obtain more nutrients, such as proteins and an array of essential vitamins and minerals, for their home food supply. The initiative also helps increase the customer base at the markets, creating an additional source of revenue for the vendors.
Double Dollars has been operating at the Old Town Farmers’ Market since 2013. The donation will help expand the program to the Southern Towers area, where a significant number of recipients reside.
Residents wanting more information or interested in donating to the Double Dollars Program can call 703.746.5700 or email email@example.com. Donations are tax deductible and pay for the match incentive, help meet food needs of the community, boost the local economy and improve the lives of local families and farmers.