How can a market or farmer accept SNAP?
FNS places a high priority on expanding SNAP participants’ access to fresh and healthy food through farmers markets and direct marketing farmers. There are a few different ways a market or farmer can receive help to start accepting SNAP at their market or farm.
Contact FNS directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the State SNAP office: States are required to make no-cost, EBT only point-of-sale (POS) equipment available to exempt retailers as defined in the 2014 Farm Bill. Exempt retailers include farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers. Although FNS encourages States to make this option wireless, that is not always the case. Please check with your State SNAP Contact to determine if this option may work for your market or farm.
In cases where a market is unable to operate an EBT device on site, the market may use manual vouchers.
- To obtain manual vouchers, contact your State’s EBT processor to request the specific vouchers accepted by that particular EBT processor.
- To use manual vouchers:
- Call the State’s EBT processor to verify that funds are available in a customer's EBT account and, if so, to place a hold on the purchase amount;
- Have the customer sign the voucher for the purchase amount; and
- Mail the signed voucher to the EBT processor. The EBT processor will then pay the market, via direct deposit (usually within two business days of receipt of the voucher).