SNAP signup- BE PREPARED!

Make the most of your time and come prepared to get your market signed up for SNAP/EBT.

We are fortunate to have Debbie Crosby from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service on site to sign up farmers and markets to accept SNAP.

There are things you’ll want to bring…

If your market or farm-stand is planning to become authorized to accept SNAP/EBT, then please review this page carefully and be sure to bring along the required documentation.

Below are the various documents and details needed to complete the SNAP retailer authorization process.

For direct-marketing farmers (farm stands or CSA’s): 

You need to bring COPIES of SSN card or an official form with SSN on it (W-2 or 1st page of personal tax return, income blacked out) and Copy of Driver’s License.

For farmers’ markets, there are 4 distinct entity types detailed here and each requires different documentation:

  • Government Owned/Operated/Sponsored:
    1. Copy of IRS Tax Exemption for the city/town.
    2. City/town official to sign the application/reauthorization.
    3. Letter from the city/town that they are operating the farmers market.
    4. We like a Photo id (driver’s license) of that city official but it isn’t mandatory.
  • 501(C)3 Federal Non-profit Organization:
    1. Ex Director or Corporate officer of the Non-profit must sign the application or re-authorization
    2. Copy of the IRS 501(C)3 Determination Letter.
    3. Photo id (driver’s license) of the application signer
    4. Letter from the Non-profit organization stating they are the operator/sponsor of the market.
  • Other Non-profit Organization (state filing) and/or privately owned/operated:
    1. Application must be signed by the organization or owner or corporate officer.
    2. Photo id (driver’s license) of the application signer
    3. Some verification they are the responsible party for the market.
  • Markets that are a loose association of farmers that have a market manager only running the market for them:
    1. Application signed by the market manager.
    2. Photo id and SSN verification
    3. A letter from the market manager stating he/she is running the market. It must be signed but a few of the vendors for verification.

Do your research first!

If you are still exploring the idea of improving your market’s low-income access, please visit this page first to understand what is required of markets that intend to operate a SNAP program.

Any questions prior to the event can be directed to Jimmy DeBiasi- snap@mffm.org or (207) 370 1524

SNAP is accepted at over 30 Maine farmers’ markets: from Madawaska to Howland and all the way down Kittery.