Grants to Increase Farmers Market Participation in SNAP

Posted by on May 29, 2012

USDA’s wireless technology grants increase farmers market participation in SNAP. This is done by encouraging the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system or EBT technology. This technology allows for SNAP participants to pay for fresh produce with food stamps. For a long time, those eligible turned away from unfamiliar, high priced, fresh produce; but since the dramatic efforts to put EBT technology into growers’ markets, participation has risen by 400 percent in four years.  $4 million is now available for states to provide wireless equipment to currently non-participating farmers’ markets. Hopefully, fresh, healthy, local food will become more available to SNAP participants.  Here is the news release with the grant information.

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