SNAP EBT Equipment Program
In 2014, the Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) was contracted by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to administer the Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program, which provides funding for new EBT equipment and related service fees to farmers markets and direct marketing farmers (DMFs) who participate in at least one farmers market. When the program closed in November 2017, FMC had approved 1,771 applicants to the Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program; of these, 1,005 were farmers markets and 744 were eligible direct marketing farmers. Applicants came from 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and represented both rural and urban market settings.
Resources Available Today
Please note FMC closed their application portal on November 21, 2017, and USDA FNS has chosen a new contractor to administer the program. Farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers interested in obtaining equipment through the new program can do so by following this link to learn more about Marketlink.
There are several states offering Free Wireless EBT Equipment to eligible markets and farmers. *For changes to this list, or to add additional information, please email email@example.com
- Arkansas offers free wireless equipment to eligible Famrers Markets and Direct Marketing Farmers.
- Contact Michele Rodgers, Michele.Rodgers@dhs.arkansas.
- California offers free wireless EBT Equipment to eligible farmers markets and farmers
- Contact Dianne Padilla Bates: Dianne.Padilla-Bates@dss.ca.
gov, (916) 654-1396
- Colorado has limited resources for free wireless equipment available on a first-come first-serve basis
- Contact Wendy Moschetti, (720) 353–4120 x 216, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hawaii provides a free wireless EBT terminal to qualifying farmers markets.
- Contact Sabrina Young (email@example.com) at DHS
- The ID Department of Health and Welfare provides free wireless EBT terminals to eligible farmers markets, and covers both wireless and transaction fees associated with managing the SNAP program.
- Contact Eileen Stachowski at firstname.lastname@example.org, 208.614.2292
- Illinois offers no-cost equipment to eligible Farmers Markets and Direct Marketing Farmers
- Contact Sarhonda Murphy, email@example.com or John Plunk, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The IN Family and Social Services Administration can provide free wireless terminals to eligible farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers. Wireless fees, monthly service fees, data plan fees, and EBT transaction fees are included in the contract, at no cost to the farmer’s markets and direct market farmers. Program support materials (banners) are available through the Indiana State Department of Health
- Contact Angela Albin, email@example.com, 317-232-7645
- Michigan has made limited funds available for wireless EBT equipment for eligible markets and farmers
- Contact Amanda Shreve, (517) 432-3381, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Minnesota provides a free wireless EBT terminal to qualifying farmers markets.
- Contact Karie Vogel (Karie.L.Voger@state.mn.us ) at DHS.
- ND reimburses up to $1,200 for the equipment and signage.
- Contact Deb Kramer, email@example.com, (701) 328-2328
- NC has an agreement with FIS where qualified farmers markets can obtain wireless equipment at no fee. While the equipment is covered by the state, all ongoing fees are the responsibility of the market.
- Contact David F. Steele, 919-527-6429, David.Steele@dhhs.nc.gov
- OK provides one free wireless EBT terminal to each eligible market or direct to market farmer.
- Contact Thomas Pennington, Thomas.Pennington@okdhs.org
For information on starting and promoting a SNAP program at your market, please visit our SNAP Guide for Farmers Markets.
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School (CAFS) partnered with FMC and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) to create the Farmers Market Legal Toolkit– an incredibly helpful and extensive website detailing legal resources and best practice recommendations for Farmers Markets. The website includes information on choosing a business structure, implementing SNAP/EBT and managing risks.