How Your Farmers’ Market Can Accept SNAP/EBT (VIDEO)


Our staff recently hosted a webinar covering how farmers’ markets can accept SNAP/EBT as payment. Missed it? — The video is below! 

Any farmers’ market manager, vendor, board member, or partner that has considered adding SNAP/EBT as an accepted payment is strongly encouraged to check it out. 




Topics Covered:
– What does a market need to run a SNAP/EBT program?
– Start up costs
– FNS Number application
– SNAP/EBT equipment options and current available funding*
– Recordkeeping

If your farmers’ market already accepts SNAP and would like to learn more about how to improve redemptions, management, and sustainability of their program, you’re welcome to join later on in the webinar at 2:15pm when we will cover these topics as well as:

– Promoting SNAP/EBT program
– Training volunteers and staff
– Surveys and evaluations
– How to add a SNAP incentive program to your market
– Different SNAP incentive options
– Finding funding for incentive programs

If you have any questions about the webinar, please contact Lisa at lisa@rafiusa.org.



*Current Available Funding for SNAP/EBT Equipment:
Farmers Market Coalition runs a grant program that provides eligible farmers’ markets with free equipment to process SNAP/EBT. The funding for this program was recently extended to the end of November. Given the time needed to set up a SNAP/EBT program at a farmers’ market, now is the perfect time to learn about this funding opportunity and the process for establishing SNAP/EBT at your market.

Funding Eligibility Requirements:
Farmers’ markets and direct marketing farmers (who sell at one or more farmers’ markets) are eligible for up to three years of free SNAP EBT equipment and service through FMC’s Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program if they are currently SNAP authorized, AND: Do not currently possess functioning EBT equipment; OR Currently possess functioning EBT equipment, but received that equipment before May 2, 2012.


About Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby served as RAFI’s Communications Manager and previously as a Project Director, overseeing our grant program for entrepreneurial and innovative farmers, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund.