An important first step in starting a farmers’ market SNAP program is to choose a merchant service provider and device to process EBT payments (and credit/debit payments, if desired).
The Free EBT Equipment Program, funded by the USDA, is now accepting applications.
- Click here to learn more and apply for free equipment.
- Click here for a comparison chart of the 2 providers in the Free EBT Equipment Program.
- Eligibility requirements for the Free SNAP-EBT Equipment Program.
Other Equipment Options:
The Farmers’ Market Coalition offers a great resource in all the considerations to take into account when shopping for EBT equipment for your market. They also list 2 additional EBT Equipment providers that have experience with farmers’ markets.
Plan & Strategize:
Discuss among market staff / vendors / volunteers how to best structure and promote your EBT/SNAP program. Decide who will be the point person for the market’s EBT/SNAP program and who will take on the various tasks involved in operating a successful program (central transaction booth, record-keeping, promotion, etc.). There’s no need to reinvent the wheel! Get in touch with us at MFFM (SNAP@mffm.org); check out our annual workshops, and learn from these resources:
- USDA FNS SNAP at Farmers’ Markets FAQ
- FMC’s SNAP Guide for Farmers’ Markets online resources
- SNAP/EBT at your farmers’ market: 7 Steps to Success (Project for Public Spaces & Wholesome Wave)
- Report on Farmers’ Markets & Low-income Communities
- Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets SNAP & Maine Harvest Bucks presentation
- “Market Quest Toolkit – A Marketing Guide and Toolkit for Maine Farmers’ Markets Accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer” (This resource was created by the Downeast Business Alliance in 2010 and is now a bit out of date. However, it still contains much useful information.)