SNAP at Farmers Markets: Incentives

Webinar: Instituting an incentive program is one approach that farmers markets are using to attract SNAP customers. This webinar will focus on what markets and their partners need to know about incentives, different types of incentives they could offer, and what they would need to do to introduce an Incentive program at their market.

SNAP at Farmers Markets: Advertising and Marketing

Webinar: Advertising and marketing is one of the most important aspects of attracting SNAP clients to farmers markets. It is also one of the most difficult. This webinar will focus on strategies for ways to advertise and market farmers markets to SNAP clients.

Final Rule: SFMNP Regulations, Nondiscretionary Provisions of PL 110-246, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008

This final rule incorporates into the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program regulations, statutory provisions set forth in Section 4231 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110–246, also known as the Farm Bill of 2008). The three provisions include adding honey as an eligible food for purchase with Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) benefits, prohibiting the value of SFMNP benefits from consideration as income or resources when determining eligibility for other programs under any federal, state or local law, and prohibiting the collection of state or local tax on a purchase of food with a benefit distributed under the SFMNP.

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USDA Statement on SNAP Access at Farmers Markets

In response to the recent news about access to farmers markets for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Brandon Lipps offers the following statement:

" The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) was recently informed by a major provider of mobile EBT technology for farmers markets and farm stands that it will discontinue this service. With few providers in this marketplace, this is of great concern.

Farmers markets play an important role in providing Americans with access to nutritious foods. FNS is committed to encouraging farmers market participation in SNAP, to improve access for low income Americans while supporting economic opportunities for farmers and producers.

Since being notified of the provider’s decision to discontinue service, USDA has been exploring all available options in an attempt to avoid a service disruption. Our number one goal is to mitigate the impact on our program participants as well as farmers and producers."

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USDA Awards Grants to Boost Access to Farmers Market, Nutritious Foods for SNAP Participants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants to academic and nonprofit organizations who will work to make farmers markets and farm stands more accessible to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants. Farmers markets offer fresh fruits and vegetables to SNAP participants and support local rural economies. Since 2008, the number of SNAP-authorized farmers markets and direct marketing farmers has grown dramatically, to more than 7,000 – over nine times the number that were around at the start of this Administration. In Fiscal Year 2015 alone, SNAP redemptions accounted for over $19 million at farmers markets.