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How to Accept SNAP Cards at you Farmers Market

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By AERO, NCAT and the Commnuity Food and Agriculture Coalition

Published: 2010

Updated: June 2014


32 pages


Accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at local farmers markets can be a win-win situation. SNAP is the new name for the federal Food Stamp program. Montanans were issued more than $118 million in SNAP benefits in 2009, and spent more than $31,000 at farmers markets alone in 2009. Accepting electronic Food Stamps allows SNAP clients to use their benefits to purchase nutritious local foods and support local farmers.

Table of Contents

�Why accepting SNAP and debit and credit cards at your market is a win-win situation
�Market manager checklist for accepting SNAP benefits at your farmers market
�How to a start a farmers market EBT project
�Getting authorized as a SNAP retailer
�Setting up the point of sale machine and token system
�Market day procedures
�Accounting procedures
�Vendor education
�How to fund a farmers market SNAP program
��Success stories
��Further resources
��Appendix 1: Third-party service provider spreadsheet
��Appendix 2: EBT Food Stamp pilot budget sample
��Appendix 3: Sample vendor token redemption forms
��Appendix 4: Vendor introduction sheet
��Appendix 5: Accounting sheet samples
��Appendix 6: Sample press release
��Appendix 7: Vendor crib sheet � Farmers market nutrition programs

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