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UPDATE: Maku`u Market SNAP Event Sunday, July 27

July 21, 2014, 10:15 AM HST
* Updated July 21, 10:26 AM
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***Updated Monday, July 21, to correct the date of the event which is Sunday, July 27.***

The Maku`u Farmers Market in Puna will host an event Sunday, July 27, for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The event promotes healthy diets, locally grown produce and recipes to SNAP recipients, according to a press release from the Kohala Center, a co-sponsor of the event.

The first 200 customers who use their SNAP cards for at least $5 of market tokens or scripts will receive an extra $5 to spend on fruits and vegetables.

It will also include a cooking demonstration to show families how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals with fresh produce grown and sold on the Big Island.

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The Maku`u event co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the Hawai‘i Department of Health and the US Department of Agriculture will be held from 11 a.m. to noon.

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The SNAP program provides nutrition education and assistance to low-income Americans to help them purchase and prepare healthier food.

SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer cards are also accepted at the Hawi, Hilo Coffee Mill, Keauhou, Kino‘ole and Volcano farmers markets.

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