Farmers Markets accepting SNAP/WIC Benefits
Farmer’s Markets are springing up everywhere, in every season – summer, spring, fall, and even winter! These markets are a great place for community members to buy local, fresh and healthy foods.
To make these foods more affordable, Mass in Motion communities are working with local Farmer’s Markets to increase their capacity to accept food stamps, now known as SNAP benefits.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a program that supports people in need with a monthly allowance to buy food. Participants receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to buy food as if they were using a debit card.
Markets apply to accept EBT card payment on site so that customers can purchase their food using SNAP benefits. An added advantage is that these EBT machines can also accept major credit cards from people who might not have any cash – making it easier for more people to buy fresh and local!
Doubling SNAP Points
An extra incentive for using SNAP benefits at local farmers’ markets is the “SNAP doubling system”. A food stamp doubling program makes fresh local food more accessible to low-income individuals and households. When a person on food stamps (aka SNAP) swipes his/her Benefit Card at a market’s EBT machine for $10, s/he receives $20 to spend on fresh food and food-producing plants – all directly from local farmers.
Some vendors also accept WIC Fruit and Vegetable vouchers.
This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.