Accepting SNAP at your farmers markets or farm can bring new customers. Note: The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) is not signing up new farmers at this time. Farms and Farmers Markets can still get authorized to accept SNAP benefits by following the instructions below.
SNAP Processing Equipment:
Wireless Equipment to Process SNAP for farmers and farmers markets at www.MySNAPEBTEquipment.com.
Landline Devices: No cost land line devices that process SNAP are available through the Department of Transitional Assistance (Analog phone line and electricity are needed). Contact David Webber for more information.
How do I become a SNAP Retailer?
Step 1: Complete the USDA application to become an authorized SNAP retailer. This may be completed on line at www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer-apply. Additional documentation will be needed including a picture I.D. and your Social Security Card (or another official document with your name and Social Security Number for all principal business owners, e.g. top page of past year’s tax return (You can black out your financial data).
a. Farmers: On the application, follow instructions as if you are a “Store”, not a Farmers Market until you are given the option to select “Direct Marketing Farmer”. Answer subsequent questions as though your farm is a “store”—fill in times your farm stand is open, days/times you sell at farmers markets, or have CSA pick-ups.
b. Complete the application to the best of your ability, and note any sections you have questions but leave blank. An FNS staff person will contact you to resolve any questions.
STEP 2: Scan and email all additional requested documentation directly to Debbie Crosby at FNS, Debbie.Crosby@fns.usda.gov to expedite your application. If you prefer to mail (much slower process), USDA Food & Nutrition Service, Suite FO-16, 3101 Park Center Drive, Alexandria, VA 22302.