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Bringing EBT to your Farmers Market: The 2012 Kansas Farmers Market EBT Expansion Project
Mercedes Taylor-Puckett, Kansas Rural Center
This guide is an outcome of Kansas Farmers Market EBT Demonstration (2006) and Expansion (2009) Projects which have supported the implementation of EBT programs at ten farmers markets within Kansas. This manual will take you through the steps of setting up an EBT program at your farmers market from start to finish. Additionally, there are sample forms and ideas for materials to use at your market.
This guide provides your market with the information necessary to apply for one of four Kansas Farmers Market EBT Project Grants.
16 pgs, 1000 kb, PDF
Real Food, Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets
By Suzanne Briggs, Andy Fisher, Megan Lott, Stacy Miller, and Nell Tessman, Community Food Security Coalition in collaboration with the Farmers Market Coalition. July 2010
In the past fifteen years, the number of farmers markets has almost quadrupled to nearly 6,000. Americans annually spend $1.3 billion at farmers markets. Yet food stamp recipients have been almost entirely excluded from using their benefits at farmers markets because of social, economic, and technological challenges. To better understand this issue and to find solutions, the Community Food Security Coalition and Farmers Market Coalition undertook a year long study. This report is the final product of this investigation. It examines this issue from a variety of perspectives, including the capacity of farmers markets to operate programs to accept EBT (electronic benefits transfer) cards; the types of programs that markets have created; the barriers low-income shoppers face in patronizing farmers markets; and state and federal level policies that affect the usage of EBT cards at farmers markets. The report concludes with a road map for change, which features primary and secondary tiers of recommendations.
84 pages, 3.38 mb, PDF
SNAP/EBT at Your Farmers Market: Seven Steps to Success
Nora Owens and Kelly Verel, Project for Public Spaces Inc. and Wholesome Wave
To help ensure that customers from all economic backgrounds are able to afford to shop at their local market, many market operators are taking advantage of federal nutrition assistance programs that help customers purchase healthy, fresh food. By accepting alternative forms of payment—including SNAP, WIC FMNP and SFMNP coupons—
farmers markets are creating welcoming environments where everyone, regardless of budget constraints, can feel welcome and shop. SNAP not only allows low-income families greater access to fresh nutritional foods, but also increases farmer/vendor revenue. This publication is a resource for those who want to develop a farmers market EBT program or to improve an existing program.
52 pgs, 4.72 mb PDF
Feasibility of Implementing Electronic Benefit Transfer Systems in Farmers' Markets: A Report to Congress
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, June 2010
The USDA has been asked in the explanatory statement accompanying the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009, to provide Congress with an assessment of the feasibility of implementing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) systems at all farmers markets nationwide. This report details USDA’s findings that
the most efficient way to equip farmers markets with SNAP EBT is to provide one wireless EBT terminal per market. Funding that would support the cost of equipment, staffing, and other miscellaneous costs would help secure the success of SNAP EBT.
12 pgs, 1.3 mb PDF