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Home  >  Local Food Systems  >   Montana Farmers Market EBT Manual (Summary)

Montana Farmers Market EBT Manual



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By AERO, NCAT and the Commnuity Food and Agriculture Coalition

Published 2010

Updated 2010



32 pages

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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

Note: Digital downloads are in full color. Printed, mailed copies are only available in black & white.


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