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SNAP and HIP at Farmers Markets and Farms

Learn how your farm or farmers market can get set up to accept SNAP (food stamps).

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. 

No Cost Wireless Equipment to Process SNAP: The 2017 iteration of the program closed on November 21. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service anticipates reopening the program in 2018 at a date to be determined. Farmers markets and direct marketing farmers interested in obtaining equipment through this program once it reopens in 2018 should email to be placed onto a wait list.

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 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, 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.

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