EBT

EBT Equipment Options

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As we gear up for the summer 2016 growing season, many markets are exploring options for equipment to process SNAP sales at the market. We’ve compiled a table comparing the subsidized options. (There are many other companies offering EBT processing, but these are the most affordable, due to special funding for farmers and farmers’ markets.) (Click […]

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SNAP Promotional Materials

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Here’s a simple poster you can customize easily. (We hope to have more soon!) Generic SNAP Outreach Poster 2015 Here are some sample materials from other markets: 2015 Lewiston Farmers Market Summer Poster How to use food stamps flier Lewiston Farmers Market SNAP Outreach Poster 2014 with coupon – Lewiston SNAP Outreach Rack Card POLAND […]

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How to grow your EBT program – links to articles and tips

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Resources EBT at Your Farmers’ Market: 7 Steps to Success – Project for Public Spaces Tips from the USDA about promoting SNAP at the market. Farmers’ Market Coalition – Snap Guide for Farmers’ Markets SNAP at Farmers’ Markets – USDA Handbook (2010) Double Value Coupon Program – Wholesome Wave Adaptable poster and postcard to promote EBT. […]

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Merchant Service Providers

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The following are some of the options for service providers to process Electronic Benefit Transfer payments. (This is just a starting point; there are certainly other options out there!) Dharma https://www.dharmamerchantservices.com/ info@dharmams.com  Toll-free: (866) 615-5157 Markets affiliated with MFFM can obtain point of sale devices for the discounted price of $500 (a $150 reduction). The discounted […]

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Scrip and Receipt Systems at Farmers’ Markets

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When SNAP recipients shop at a retail store, they gather their purchases, then pay at the cash register with their EBT card. Farmers’ markets are a bit more challenging, since each farmer is essentially a different “shop”. Maine markets use different techniques to manage EBT payments. Below are definitions from the two most common systems. […]

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What is WIC?

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Overview of WIC Program The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and the Maine Department of Agriculture cooperate to sponsor the Maine WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Using federal funding, these special WIC checks are given to folks who already qualify for the regular WIC checks (redeemable in stores for certain products.)  The Farmers’ […]

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SNAP – What is that?

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SNAP – What is that? SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federally funded government program which has traditionally been know as “food stamps”. EBT, or Electronic Benefit Transfer, is the method in which SNAP funds are given to the recipient. Each month additional funds are electronically added to an EBT card which works similar to a […]

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The Farmers’ Market WIC program

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The Maine Department of Human Services and the Maine Department of Agriculture cooperate to sponsor the Maine WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Using federal funding, these special WIC checks are given to folks who already qualify for the regular WIC checks, which are redeemable in stores for specified products. The Farmers’ Market WIC Checks are […]

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Farmers’ markets: Feeding the hungry

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Farmers’ Markets and Food Cupboards. Several ways in which food from Maine farmers’ markets can make its way to the hungry. Detailed descriptions of methods already in place and working. Gleaning. Allowing people come in to “clean up” after your harvest is over. Set up a system for using EBT at your farmers’ market. Teach […]

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