About SNAP at the Markets
Many area farmers markets accept SNAP benefits. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamp program) helps people with low incomes buy food. SNAP benefits are accessed via an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.
Customers: How to use your EBT card at a farmers market:
Bring your EBT/Debit card to the market manager's booth at the farmers market. If you need help finding the tent, just ask a vendor to point you to it.
At the tent, decide how much you want to spend at the market. A staff member will then enter the amount of money you request and swipe your card. They will then ask you to enter your PIN.
Once the transaction is approved, you will be given a receipt and tokens to spend at the market.
Shop at the market for eligible foods using the tokens like cash.
Vendors will not be able to give you change for your tokens.
There is no expiration date on tokens and they can be kept from week to week. Or you may return any unused tokens for a refund to your EBT account.
Vendors – How to accept and get reimbursed for SNAP tokens:
During the market, accept the tokens as cash for eligible food items. However, program rules prevent you from giving change for the tokens.
At the end of the market day, return the tokens to the market manager. They will reimburse you for the tokens.
SNAP tokens CAN buy:
Foods for the household to eat, such as: breads and cereals; fruits and vegetables; meats, fish and poultry; and dairy products.
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
SNAP tokens CANNOT buy:
Any food served hot or ready to eat (as in on a plate and not wrapped to go)
Everyone – Please help spread the word:
Post a link to this page on your social media sites. Tell anyone you know who uses SNAP that they may use their benefits at farmers markets.
Questions about SNAP?
Contact the Virginia Department of Social Services with questions.