April: Farmers Markets and Food Assistance Programs
June: Opportunities to Integrate Nutrition Education & Community Engagement into Your Market
From USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Feb: Building Partnerships to Strengthen SNAP at Farmers Markets
May: Advertising and Marketing for the SNAP Farmers Market Community
DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS – COLORADO
CFMA participates in a statewide partnership implementing Double Up Food Bucks Colorado with the goal of increasing access to fruits and vegetables among SNAP recipients (see next paragraph). With Double Up, SNAP recipients will receive up to $20 in Colorado grown fruits and vegetables when they use their SNAP benefits at participating farmers markets or select retailers. Scroll through LiveWellColorado to find a complete list and map of all market partners, and a helpful FAQ.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low- and no-income people living in the U.S. It is a federal aid program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, though benefits are distributed by individual U.S. states. They can be used to purchase any prepackaged edible foods, regardless of nutritional value (e.g. soft drinks and confections). Hot foods (such as those found in a supermarket deli) are ineligible, as well as items in fast food restaurants and similar retail settings. Read More…
FREE EBT EQUIPMENT Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) announced new funding available for free electronic benefit transfer (EBT) processing equipment offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program. New applications are being accepted. Interested farmers markets and farmers can APPLY ONLINE now through November of 2017; however, funding is limited, and available on a first-come, first-serve come basis.
For approved applicants, the program will cover the costs of purchasing SNAP EBT equipment and services (set-up costs, monthly service fees, and wireless fees) for up to three years. Approved applicants can choose their own SNAP EBT service provider from a list of participating companies: Marketlink, MerchantSource, PaymentSpring, and TSYS. Marketlink, MerchantSource and TSYS offer equipment able to accept EBT as well as debit and credit transactions, with all transaction fees being the responsibility of the participant. PaymentSpring will offer a completely fee-free EBT-only equipment option, with all EBT transaction costs included.
For information on eligibility requirements, visit FMC’s program page. To apply to the Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program, navigate to the application toolbox at FMCToolbox.org.
SNAP RESOURCES (From SNAP Authorization- January 2017)
- SNAP Authorized Market Responsibilities
- Step by Step Instructions for Online Application
- Attracting SNAP Customers to Your Farmers Markets
- Free EBT Equipment from Farmers Market Coalition and Application
- Also SNAP to Skills (S2S) is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that is designed to provide States the technical assistance, tools and resources they need to build more effective and job-driven SNAP E&T programs.
- SNAP in Farmers Markets, presentation by Zora Cobb: PPT
- Farmers Market EBT presentation by Lauren Bell: PPT
- Overview of Boulder County Harvest Bucks Program PPT
- Using SNAP in Farmers Markets PPT
- Understanding the SNAP Program (pdf) from FoodPolicyNetworks.org and John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
- Improving Access to Local Foods, a Market Manager Checklist
- Fostering a Culture of Inclusivity at Your Market
- Ten Tips for Making Your Farmers Market SNAP Shopper Friendly
POWER OF PRODUCE (PoP) Club Toolkit – an Incentive Program for Kids!
University of Minnesota Extension is pleased to announce the release of the Power of Produce (PoP) Club Toolkit. The PoP Club is a farmers market incentive program for children. Each week children receive a $2 token to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. This program is the perfect addition to farm to school efforts since its goal is to engage children at farmers markets and empower them to make healthful food choices. The program also seeks to bring families together to the farmers market and promote the sale of fresh, locally-grown produce. The PoP Club Toolkit is FREE for farmers markets and partnering organizations. The toolkit provides all the materials and resources needed to plan, implement, and evaluate a PoP Club program. To access the PoP Club Toolkit, complete the registration form here.