SNAP in Farmers Markets: State Policies and Supportive ProgramsStatewide Programs Supporting SNAP in Farmers MarketsIowa – In 2004, the Iowa Food Policy Council, commissioned by then Governor Tom Vilsack, urged theDepartment of Human Services (DHS) to explore how to expand the Food Assistance Program in farmersmarkets. In 2005, Iowa DHS funded the leased or rented machine fees, SNAP transaction fees and SNAPrelated monthly fees for farmers in part by a regular 50/50 match on SNAP administration.New York – Food stamp EBT programs began in 2002 by providing wireless card machines to farmers.Sales were relatively flat due to several variables such as lack of transmission infrastructure causingdropped signals and minimal marketing to SNAP shoppers. In 2005, the state moved towards a centralterminal system and a coordinated marketing program between state agencies, farmers marketassociation and community partners. Starting in 2007, sales gained momentum starting at $150,000 andgrowing to $1.5 million by 2010.Michigan- Partnering with C.S. Mott Foundation, the Ruth Mott Foundation, and the Fair Food Network,Michigan farmers markets are switching to a wireless electronic payment system for both the Bridge Card(SNAP) and a double bucks reward card. The match is dollar for dollar up to $20 per day.Massachusetts- Grants totaling $50,000 were made possible by a partnership between the Department ofAgricultural Resources (DAR) and the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), are for the purchaseor rental of wireless point-of-sale terminals to process SNAP benefits through the Electronic BenefitsTransfer (EBT) system. Grants also fund transaction fees, outreach programs for SNAP participants,promotional flyers and posters, and incentives to encourage SNAP participants to use their benefits atMassachusetts farmers markets.Pennsylvania- The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is making 145 wireless electronic benefittransfer (EBT) machines available for Pennsylvania farmers markets and farm stands accepting SNAPbenefits. This program does not pay for any related monthly fees.Georgia -The Georgia Department of Human Services is participating with Wholesome Wave of Georgiain their “Nourishing Neighborhoods” campaign to offer additional fresh fruits and vegetables to SNAPclients shopping in farmers markets. The goal of the campaign is to provide locally grown, healthy,sustainable foods to low income families by offering Double Value matching dollars.Minnesota - A state Specialty Crop grant is helping the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association provideSNAP in eight new farmers markets, bringing the total to 13 markets in all. (Star Tribune, April 30, 2011) Strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.
Wisconsin - Three Wisconsin farmers markets will be part of a two-year study measuring SNAP/FoodStamp recipient access to healthy food. The University of Wisconsin Extension Service/USDA study willprovide these markets with the equipment and materials needed to accept SNAP/Food Stamps, known asFoodShare in the state. (Journal Sentinel, April 26, 2011)Legislation Supporting SNAP in Farmers Markets Washington - SB 6483 - In 2008, the Washington State legislature passed the “Local Farms Healthy KidsAct.” This set of new food system policies was advanced by a broad coalition representingenvironmentalists, public health and school advocates, and sustainable agriculture folks. The legislationincluded benefits for farmers markets, food banks, farm to school and school gardens. One piece of thelegislation provided $50,000 for the purchase of wireless technology to allow farmers market to acceptboth food stamps, debit and credit cards. This Farmer Market Technology Program spawned two moregrant project with Specialty Crop grants and a three year WSU Extension research grant.Illinois - HB 4756 - Under the directives of the act, the Illinois Department of Human Services andDepartment of Agriculture will implement a program “to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetablesand other LINK eligible food products, including quality meat and dairy, for all Illinois residents byallowing LINK program participants to redeem their SNAP benefits at farmers markets. As part of thisprogram, a Farmers Market Technology Improvement Fund will fund: 1) The purchase or rental ofwireless point of sale terminals capable of processing SNAP benefits disbursed under the LINK program,2) Monthly or transaction fees associated with LINK card transactions. No fees related to credit or debittransactions will be reimbursed, 3) Outreach to LINK program participants.California -AB 537 - Legislation would require farmers markets “that do not have an EBT system in placeby January 1, 2012, to designate or assign an interested Food Nutrition Service (FNS)-authorizedorganization to operate an EBT acceptance system in the market, as specified. The bill would require theState Department of Social Services to consider and solicit input from the market prior to making adesignation or assignment authorized under the bill, to avoid potential conflicts, as specified.” (CaliforniaGeneral Assembly, 2010).ResourcesUSDA Strategic Plan –http://www.ocfo.usda.gov/usdasp/sp2010/sp2010.pdfFarmers Market SNAP Sales Soar in 2010 -http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/snap-sales-soar-2010FMC Explores Implications of IRS Electronic Payment Reporting Requirementhttp://farmersmarketcoalition.org/6050w-reporting-delayReal Food Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Marketshttp://farmersmarketcoalition.org/real-food-real-choiceFNS Funds Research to Better Understand Farmers Marketshttp://farmersmarketcoalition.org/fns-funds-researchLetter to Congress RE: $4 millionhttp://farmersmarketcoalition.org/joinus/policy Strengthening farmers markets for the benefit of farmers, consumers, and communities.
Resource List | November 5, 2011SNAP in Farmers Markets: What have we learned? Where are we going Real Food Real Choice: Connecting SNAP Recipients with Farmers Markets http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/real-food-real-choiceOur SNAP in Farmers Market Progress Report FMC 2010 Fiscal Year Report http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/2010-fiscal-year-report-is-publishedThe Forks in the Road: SNAP in Farmers Market Strategies USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/snap.htm USDA Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) SNAP Permits http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/Contacts/FieldOffices.htm USDA SNAP application for Farmers Markets http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/fm.htm (not tailored to Farmers Markets specifically) Oregon Farmers Market Association EBT Resources http://www.oregonfarmersmarkets.org/EBT/resources.html THE SQUARE http://squareup.com/ The Cultural Significance of Farmers Markets http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/the-cultural-significance-of-farmers-markets Mobile Market +APP – Nova Dia Group Ricky Aviles firstname.lastname@example.org TSYS Merchant Solutions-Rental Machine Options Jason Butts email@example.com The Future of Farmers Markets: Evolving Technology to Connect Farmers to Food Assistance Recipients http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/the-future-of-farmers-markets-evolving-technology-to-connect- farmers-to-food-assistance-recipientsDeveloping and Changing Policies that Impact SNAP in Farmers Markets USDA Strategic Plan http://www.ocfo.usda.gov/usdasp/sp2010/sp2010.pdf Farmers Market SNAP Sales Soar in 2010 http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/snap-sales-soar-2010 FMC Explores Implications of IRS Electronic Payment Reporting Requirement http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/6050w-reporting-delay Webinar video: http://youtu.be/oMN5sPjJnoY
FNS Funds Research to Better Understand Farmers Markets http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/fns-funds-research Letter to Congress RE: $4 million http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/joinus/policy PPS 7 Steps to Success http://pps.org/store/featured-items/snapebt-at-your-farmers-market-seven-steps-to-success/ Resource for jurisdictions interested in re-evaluating sanitation policies related to farmers markets http://www.marketumbrella.org/index.php?page=manual-field-to-table Marketumbrella.org: SEED economic impact of markets http://marketumbrella.org/marketshare/seed County-Specific Obesity, Diabetes, and Physical Inactivity Prevalence Data (CDC) www.cdc.govobesitydatatrends.htmls_cid=govD_dnpao_079&source=govdelivery#County Food Environment Atlas (USDA) http://www.ers.usda.gov/foodatlas/ Food Desert Locator (USDA) http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/foodDesert/ National Farmers Market Directory http://apps.ams.usda.gov/FarmersMarkets/ Public Health Law and Policy: Establishing Land Use Protections for Farmers Markets http://www.nplanonline.org/nplan/products/establishing-land-use-protections-farmers-markets Local Farms, Healthy Kids Act (2008, WA) http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2007-08/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Passed%20Legislature/6483- S2.PL.pdfIdentifying and Enriching Community Partnerships Building Smart Communities through Network Weaving by Valdis Krebs and June Holley Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam Engaging the Community for Farmers Market Success by NOFA Vermont www.nofavt.org/sites/default/files/Community%20Support%20Manual.pdf Farmers markets are good for everyone. Join us to make them even better. farmers ● consumers ● communities P.O. Box 504 ● Charlottesville, VA ● 22902 firstname.lastname@example.org ● 434-984-0175 ● 877-FMC-0553 ● www.farmersmarketcoalition.org
SNAP at Farmers Markets:Logistics, Policies, Partners,and Evaluating SuccessSaturday 11/5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pmI. Introductions - Who is in the Room? 9:00 - 9:20amII. SNAP in Farmers Market - What we have learned 9:20 - 9:45amIII. Begin with the End in Mind - What is Success? 9:45 - 10:15amBREAK - 10:15 – 10:30IV. The Forks in the Road - Decisions on How to Implement SNAP inFarmers Markets 10:30 - 11:15amV. Developing and changing policy that impact SNAP in Farmers MarketsInforming Local, State and Federal Policy 11:15am-12:00pmLUNCH - 12:00 - 1:00VI. Identifying and enriching community partners relationships 1:00 - 2:30pmBREAK - 2:30 - 2:45VII. The SNAP in Farmers Market Progress Report - What can we measurefrom what we learned? 2:45-3:30pmVIII. Open Discussion - 3:30 - 4:00 Stacy Miller Jean Hamilton Farmers Market Coalition Northeast Organic Farming Association-VT 434-984-0175 email@example.com stacy@farmersmarketcoaltiio 802-434-4122 n.org Darlene Wolnik Suzanne Briggs firstname.lastname@example.org Farmers Market Coalition 504-3436365 email@example.com 503-288-0824 Jezra Thompson Roots of Change firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com