New Milford Social Services reminds SNAP participants that visiting the New Milford Farmers Market allows them to double their purchasing power for fresh fruits and vegetables.

The New Milford Farmers Market Collaborative is open to enable those on SNAP, formerly food stamps, to use up to $10 each week for doubling the value in wooden coins to buy market produce.

Thus, $10 in SNAP benefits equals $20 in fruits and vegetables.

Individuals may use SNAP for other items such as bread, eggs, honey, pasta and meat at the market.

SNAP is not doubled for these items.

The Farmers Market Collaborative booth is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through October.

Interested participants should bring their SNAP card, know their PIN number and come to the booth for the exchange.

The collaborative is a project of New Milford Social Services, with support from the United Way of Western CT, Candlewood Valley Pediatrics, the Harcourt Foundation, Goldring Family Foundation, St. John's Episcopal Church and New Milford First Congregational Church.

Its goal is to broaden access to healthy foods for those with limited resources, and at the same time, help local farmers.

For information, contact Peg Molina or Ivana Butera at 860-355-6079.