Charlottesville's Market Central is trying to get the community to help out with its new "Friends of the Market" campaign.
The organization encourages food stamp recipients to shop at the City Market.
On Saturday, members gave out free farmers market shopping bags to people who donated at least $20 to the cause. The campaign organizer says every dollar helps.
"If we go away, there's no SNAP and there's no debit, people can't spend their food stamps at this market if we're not here because the city does not sponsor that program," Cecile Gorham said.
SNAP and debit programs brought in more than $44,000 to the Charlottesville City Market last year.
Market Central is a non-profit that promotes the City Market in the community.
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