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Category: SNAP/EBT and Nutrition Programs
Farmers markets are critical in increasing access to healthy, local foods. One important way that farmers markets do this is by participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which helps families stretch their food dollars. This toolkit outlines how farmers markets can implement a SNAP program, and help combat food insecurity in their communities.
On April 10, 2020, USDA issued a letter denying several types of waivers requested by state SNAP agencies that do not meet requirements for approval. FNS is working to add those requests to the individual state pages listed in the link below.
This resource is intended to be a working document, comprised of practitioner perspectives and ideas. The attached information is not intended to be a formal endorsement of any practice. If you would like to provide input, email Abigail Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Areas for Adaptation
- Opportunities & Resources
How to Clean SNAP Tokens
Hard surfaces can harbor bacteria and germs. Attached are some steps you can take to improve the cleanliness of your market’s tokens and protect the safety of your market’s customers, vendors, and staff.
- How to Clean Metal or Plastic Tokens
- How to Clean Wooden Tokens
Presenter: Peter Relich
Join FMC to learn more about the world of federal and state level EBT processing and technology. Expert Peter Relich will share a short history of the development of EBT, then walk through how EBT transaction processing works within FNS, at the state agencies, and for processors. The webinar will also include information on state SNAP contracts and how to collaborate with your state agency. With examples specific to farmers markets and other farm direct outlets, attendees will learn where to go when questions arise with their contract, processor, or grant.
Presentations and FAQ can be found here:
The webinar described the components of the FreshLink Ambassador Program model.
Case study of the 2009 FMPP project of the Columbia Farmers Market in Missouri. Within just three months of implementing FMPP-supported radio advertising, the Columbia Farmers Market more than quadrupled the amount of SNAP benefits going directly to local farmers in and around Boone County in 2009.
Case study of the 2011 FMPP project of the George Washington Regional Commission that used a network of farmers markets to
expand EBT access and increase income for 65 farmers.
These case studies from four North Carolina farmers markets with
existing SNAP/EBT program provide market managers with realistic
examples of how SNAP/EBT programs look at different types of