Seacoast Eat Local (SEL) is proud to announce that the Winter Farmers’ Market accepts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT)! This program enables SNAP or Food Stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to purchase healthy, fresh, and locally produced food. The Winter Farmers’ Market EBT/SNAP program offers fresh vegetables, meats, milk and cheese, honey, breads, baked products, and also seeds or seedlings for food-producing plants.
At the market, SNAP recipients can choose how much they would like to spend that day on food purchases. A market staff member will then swipe their EBT card for that amount. The customer is then given wooden tokens, that are used just like cash, and can be used to buy food at approved vendors at the market.
By allowing SNAP recipients to use their federal benefits at the winter and summer farmers’ markets, SEL hopes to create year-round access to local foods. The goal of the program is to not only improve access to fresh foods and in turn improve an individual’s nutrition and health, but also to invigorate the local economy and New Hampshire’s agricultural community.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, is the new name for the federal program formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP was established by the Food Stamp Act of 1964, and provides federal assistance to people who are eligible based on income.
- Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT, is the new electronic method of payment for SNAP benefits. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, very similar to debit cards, are now used to make purchases for food items in approved locations, replacing the paper voucher system.
- All vendors who sell SNAP eligible food items are required to participate in our SNAP program.
Donations to continue and expand upon this program are welcome.
For more information, contact: [email protected]