SNAP

COVID-19 Regulations may change some of the listed information and operating hours of SNAP acceptance sites. Last updated: 07/03/20 09:00AM. 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as Food Stamps, allows recipients to use their EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card to purchase healthy, fresh, and locally produced food at farmers’ markets and farm stands. SNAP recipients can purchase vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy products, honey, breads, baked products, and even seeds or seedlings for food-producing plants!  Seacoast Eat Local is part of a greater statewide network called the New Hampshire Nutrition Incentive Network. This network is growing opportunities for EBT recipients to use their benefits to purchase local foods at farmers’ markets and farm stands.  The New Hampshire Nutrition Incentive Network also developed Granite State Market Match (GSMM), an incentive available for SNAP shoppers at local farmers’ markets and farm stands.

If you don’t currently have an EBT card, you can find out if you qualify and apply for SNAP by clicking here

Where can I use my SNAP dollars?

We collaborate with the following organizations and farms to offer SNAP/EBT access and Granite State Market Match at their summertime farmers’ markets or farm stands/stores:

Rochester Farmers Market

Frequent SNAP Shopper Loyalty Card

Every time you swipe your EBT card at one of the farmers’ markets or farm stands listed on the back of the loyalty card you will receive a signature from the staff person or volunteer accepting your EBT card. Once the card has been initialed 4 times, you can then turn the card in to any farmers’ market or farm stand listed on the back of the card to receive $20 worth of Granite State Market Match to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables.

Locations you can find and use the loyalty card:

Summer Farmers’ Markets

Durham Farmers’ Market,

Rochester Farmers Market,

Dover Farmers’ Market,

Exeter Farmers’ Market,

Portsmouth Farmers’ Market

Winter Farmers’ Markets

Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Markets:

Exeter High School

Wentworth Greenhouses

Farm Stands

Dog Rose Farm: 16 Harvey Mill Rd. Lee, NH. Open everyday except Mondays from 9AM-6PM.

Clyde Farm: 63 Meetinghouse Hill Rd. Farmington, NH. Open Wednesdays 2PM-7PM and Saturdays 10AM-7PM.

Heron Pond Farm: 290 Main Ave. South Hampton, NH. Open daily 9AM-6PM.

Mckenzie’s Farm: 71 NE Pond Rd. Milton, NH. Open daily 9AM-6PM.

Vernon Family Farm: 301 Piscassic Rd. New fields, NH. Open daily 9AM-6PM.

 

Summer SNAP Farmers’ Market Schedule

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic some of these markets may be postponed, cancelled, or have condensed schedules, please refer to this calendar for market dates and listings and visit our Seacoast Harvest COVID-19 page for up to date information on farms and local food producers).

Links: Durham Farmers’ Market, Rochester Farmers Market, Dover Farmers’ Market, Exeter Farmers’ Market, Portsmouth Farmers’ Market, Sanford Farmers’ Market,  Kittery Community Market ,Dover Farmers’ Market, Salem Farmers’ Market

Our Seacoast Area Mobile Market (SAMM Van) also accepts SNAP.  Check the website for our seasonal schedule.

SNAP Farm Stand Hours and Locations

Dog Rose Farm: 16 Harvey Mill Rd. Lee, NH. Open everyday except Mondays from 9AM-6PM.

Clyde Farm: 63 Meetinghouse Hill Rd. Farmington, NH. Open Wednesdays 2PM-7PM and Saturdays 10AM-7PM.

Heron Pond Farm: 290 Main Ave. South Hampton, NH. Open daily 9AM-6PM.

Mckenzie’s Farm: 71 NE Pond Rd. Milton, NH. Open daily 9AM-6PM.

Riverside Farm: 323 Elm St. (Route 4) North Berwick, ME. Open daily 9AM-5PM.

Vernon Family Farm: 301 Piscassic Rd. New fields, NH. Open daily 9AM-6PM.

If your farm has a staffed farm stand and is interested in accepting SNAP,  please contact [email protected] for more information.

Seacoast Eat Local (SEL) accepts SNAP/EBT at our Winter Farmers Markets! These Winter Farmers’ Markets take place in Exeter and Rollinsford from November through April. Dates, times, and location details can be found on our Winter Farmers’ Market page. SNAP is also accepted at the year round Kittery Community Market.

How It Works

SNAP recipients can choose how much they would like to spend that day on food purchases. A market staff member will then swipe the 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. For the 2020 summer market season, Seacoast Eat Local is offering a 1:1 match on charged EBT funds.  Any amount of SNAP/EBT benefit that is accessed at market comes with an equal amount of Granite State Market Match vouchers to be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables!  Swipe $20 in SNAP/EBT and receive an additional $20 in GSMM!  Please note that Market Match coupons may only be used on fruits and vegetables and that the coupons do expire at the end of April 2021. Contact us with any questions at 1-207-387-0567 or morgan@seacoasteatlocal.org.

Farm Stands

Select farm stands can accept tokens and can run EBT cards for SNAP purchases. When using an EBT card at a farm stand, the total purchase of fruits and or vegetables is given 50% off and then added to any other purchase made on the EBT card. If you have any leftover market tokens you can also redeem them at certain farm stands. The sites currently accepting SNAP are shown above

What You CAN Buy with SNAP

  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Plants that Grow Food (many are surprised to know this!)
  • Breads
  • Meat, Fish, Poultry
  • Dairy Products
  • Maple and Honey Products
  • Seeds and Plants that Produce Foods
  • Baked Goods: Wrapped, Labeled and Intended for Home Consumption
  • Jams, Sauces, Soups, Etc.

What You CANNOT Buy with SNAP

  • Beer, Wine, or Liquor
  • Tobacco Products
  • Nonfood Items
  • Food Meant to be Eaten On-Site
  • Hot Foods
  • Vitamins and Medicines

Contact us with any questions at 1(207)387-0567 or [email protected]

Common Terms: Learn the Lingo!

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): A program created during the COVID-19 pandemic to address the problem of feeding children out of school due to distance learning. P-EBT assists families who qualify for free and reduced school lunch with their grocery budget for the time schools have been closed.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the 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 (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.

Market Match or Granite State Market Match (GSMM), is an additional incentive program that matches SNAP customers benefits dollar for dollar, up to the first $10. Market Match Coupons can be used to purchase additional fruits and vegetables at the market. Funding provided by the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) through a regional grant administered by the New Hampshire Food Bank.

For more information, contact: [email protected]

Support for this program is provided the Thomas W. Haas Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and a partnership with the Fair Food Network and NH Food Bank.

 


nhcf

 

 

Program Goals

By allowing SNAP recipients to use their federal benefits at the winter and summer farmers’ markets, SEL hopes to create affordable 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.

Volunteer

Seacoast Eat Local’s is always looking for volunteers. Help increase access to local fresh healthy food for low-income individuals and families!

Help at the Market: Volunteers are needed to help at the SNAP/EBT booth to help answer customer’s questions, assist the program coordinator with EBT and debit transactions, and to provide new EBT shoppers with information and a farmers’ market tour. Email [email protected] to get involved!

Tell your Community: Help us promote this program all over the Seacoast region of New Hampshire. We can provide you with posters, fliers and more information to put up in your own community! Contact [email protected] for these resources.

Donate: Your donation makes it possible to reach more of our low-income community with healthy, local food. Donate today >

 

Interested in starting a SNAP program for your farmers’ market or farm stand? 

Here are great resources to start with: 

Let us know how we can help! [email protected]