The Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness (http://www.bostonfoodandfitness.org/) (BCFF) invites you to Bounty-ful: A Local Wine & Artisan Cheese Tasting fundraiser to support the Boston Bounty Bucks. The event will be held at the Benjamin Franklin Institute in the South End neighborhood onThursday, November 14th, from 5-8pm. Bounty-ful will highlight local wineries and cheese artisans with tastings fresh from the source-- our very own New England farms. We'll also have local bites to eat and live music! Local bottled wine and cheese will be on sale for attendees. This fundraiser is sponsored by the Massachusetts Cheese Guild (http://macheeseguild.org/).
Tickets: $35, https://localwinecheese.eventbrite.com/ and includes unlimited tastings of wine, cheese, and local food bites.
The Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness coordinates the administration and promotion of the Boston Farmers Market program (http://www.bostonfarmersmarkets.org/). BCFF works with 27 regular seasonal and winter markets throughout the city of Boston to promote healthy, local and accessible food to all communities through Bounty Bucks and other supportive programming. The Boston Bounty Bucks program helps to make healthy food more affordable by providing a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $10, each time a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) client shops at a participating farmers market. SNAP, formally known as food stamps, provides financial assistance to enable low-income Americans to purchase food.
SNAP benefits are now accepted at most of the farmers markets throughout the city of Boston. Since the start of the Boston Bounty Bucks program, purchases by SNAP recipients at participating farmers markets has grown from $2,400 in 2008 to $170,000 in 2012. Our goal for this event is to raise much-needed funds to continue to implement this innovative and very important food access program for Boston residents.
Over the years, financial support for the Bounty Bucks program has come from the Boston Mayor's Office, the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, the Wholesome WaveFoundation, and the generosity of other private funders.
Thank you Massachusetts Cheese Guild, local cheese & food vendors, and local wineries for your donations and support.