CISA logo for resources Becoming an Authorized SNAP Retailer – Guide for Farm Stands and CSAs
Interested in accepting SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps) at your farmers’ market, farm stand, or CSA? Download CISA’s tipsheet on how to become an authorized vendor.

CISA logo for resourcesCISA’s evaluation of systems for accepting SNAP at farmers’ markets

Our review of equipment and systems for accepting SNAP/Food Stamps at farmers’ markets, conducted by CISA and Mass Farmers Markets, found that currently available technology for accepting SNAP at outdoor markets is imperfect. Connectivity to phone lines or wireless is often spotty and existing systems are time-intensive for market managers and vendors. Continued support for markets that accept SNAP is critical. This work was done as part of CISA’s participation the USDA’s Healthy Incentives Pilot, a Hampden County study that examined whether providing SNAP/Food Stamp recipients with a financial incentive for purchasing fruits and vegetables increased fruit and vegetable consumption (Answer: Yes, by 25%).

Healthy Incentives Program (HIP)
HIP is a new SNAP matching program that benefits both SNAP participants and local farmers. This exciting new program will help bring new customers and increased sales to your farm stand, your CSA, and to farmers’ markets you sell at. SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps.

How to Bring Wireless EBT to Your Farmers’ Market – A Report by the Economics Institute
This manual explains systems in which SNAP can be used at farmers’ markets, including tokens and paper scripts and a list of companies that provide wireless equipment.  There is also an example of a press release and a vendor information handout, as well as additional contacts.

Utilizing Wireless EBT at Farmers’ Markets
This article lists the basics of operating EBT and a list of things to think about.  They examine the pros and cons and specifics of tokens, receipts, scripts and wireless terminals. There’s a brief summery on outreach, including advertising, branding, partnerships, presence, incentives and signs.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits at Massachusetts Farmers’ Markets
An evaluation of SNAP at farmers’ markets.

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