EBT MACHINES AT FARMERS MARKETS
Announcement as of January 9, 2020
The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) has received funding to provide no-cost wireless EBT machines to farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers for two years, through September 2021. Please click the links below for more information and to access the EBT Equipment Agreement. If you would like to apply for a machine, the agreement must be returned to CDHS as of February 29, 2020.
Be prepared and know how to use manual vouchers if your machine stops working. Many thanks to the Colorado Department of Human Services for preparing this guide! Click here to download the guide on using manual vouchers at farmers markets.
DOUBLE UP FOOD BUCKS – COLORADO
CFMA participates in a statewide partnership implementing Double Up Food Bucks Colorado with the goal of increasing access to fruits and vegetables among SNAP recipients (see next paragraph). With Double Up, SNAP recipients will receive up to $20 in Colorado grown fruits and vegetables when they use their SNAP benefits at participating farmers markets or select retailers. Scroll through LiveWellColorado to find a complete list and map of all market partners, and a helpful FAQ.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program, provides financial assistance for purchasing food to low- and no-income people living in the U.S. It is a federal aid program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, though benefits are distributed by individual U.S. states. They can be used to purchase any prepackaged edible foods, regardless of nutritional value (e.g. soft drinks and confections). Hot foods (such as those found in a supermarket deli) are ineligible, as well as items in fast food restaurants and similar retail settings. Read More…
FREE EBT EQUIPMENT Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) periodically has funding available for free electronic benefit transfer (EBT) processing equipment offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Free SNAP EBT Equipment Program.
Please note the 2017 application site closed on November 21, and USDA FNS anticipates reopening the program in 2018 at a date to be determined. Farmers markets and direct-marketing farmers interested in obtaining equipment through this Program once it reopens in 2018 should email FarmersMarket@fns.usda.gov to be placed onto a wait list.
Some states have allocated their own resources to help markets gain access to SNAP EBT equipment, cover service and transaction fees, and provide outreach. To see if your state is offering support for SNAP EBT at markets, take a look at FMC’s State by State Resource List.