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Mayor, Big Baby Kick off Bounty Bucks

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston Celtics star Glen “Big Baby” Davis helped get the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season underway at a noontime press conference held Monday, June 27, at the City Hall Plaza Farmers’ Market. Joining the mayor and Davis were Food Project Executive Director Margaret Williams, Youth Intern Phil Nguyen, Boston Public Market Association President Don Weist, and Scott Soares, Commissioner of Agriculture, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR).

Intern Phil Nguyen addresses press conference kicking off the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season.
Intern Phil Nguyen addresses press conference kicking off the 2011 Boston Bounty Bucks season.

Now in its fourth year, Boston Bounty Bucks enables and encourages recipients of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) benefits to use their EBT cards at 23 participating farmers’ markets. When they do so, the value of their benefits is doubled on all purchases, up to $10.

“Eating vegetables is cool,” Davis said. “When I heard about this project, I was all for it especially for young kids who don’t realize how important it is to eat well.”

The mayor and Big Baby share a laugh.
The mayor and Big Baby share a laugh.
Davis is partnering with The Food Project in serving as this year’s spokesperson for Boston Bounty Bucks. For his part, Mayor Menino has been a strong supporter of healthy eating initiatives, and his leadership has been crucial to the success of the program.

The program is a partnership between the city of Boston and The Food Project, a youth development and sustainable farming organization that annually works with over 140 greater Boston youth to grow food and make it accessible for underserved communities.

Other current Boston Bounty Bucks supporters include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, the Boston Public Health Commission, The Clinton Family Fund, the Walmart Foundation, Whole Foods Market, and the Wholesome Wave Foundation.

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