Making Local Food More Accessible: Welcoming SNAP & WIC/Senior Coupons, and All Who Use Them
Part 1: How to accept SNAP and WIC/Senior Coupons
Learn what it takes to accept SNAP and WIC & Senior coupons at your farm and how being a part of these programs enables you to feed your neighbors and boost your bottom line. We’ll be covering what these programs are, how they can fit into your business, and what it takes to register with these state and federal programs in order to accept these forms of payment at your business.
Participants will come away with an understanding of how to set up SNAP at their business, their options for getting SNAP processing equipment, how to accept WIC and Senior coupons, and who to ask for help when they go through these application processes. Attendees will also come away with a step-by-step list of how to accept SNAP and coupons at their business plus a contact list of relevant people they can ask questions along the way.
We’ll be joined by Lisa Roach of MarketLink, an organization that administers grants for SNAP equipment and helps farms navigate the SNAP application. We’ll also be joined by Rebecca Davidson, Program Coordinator for the coupon program from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture.
The sister workshop to this session is Best Practices: SNAP and welcoming low-income customers at your farm on March 1. This second session will cover best practices in welcoming customers, training your staff, and SNAP outreach. It will feature a panel of farmers who incorporate SNAP well in their business, who will share how they implemented SNAP and accommodate low-income customers. This workshop is co-hosted by CISA and Berkshire Grown.