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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides eligible households with financial assistance to supplement their grocery budget.  SNAP is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by local departments of social services.  Benefits are transferred monthly to an EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card and can be used like cash at the farmers market.  Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements and can apply on-line at www.dss.virginia.gov or at the local department of social services agency that serves the locality where you reside.

 

How to use SNAP benefits at the Market?

 

SNAP customers redeem their benefits by swiping their EBT card on a point-of-sale (POS) terminal at the market in exchange for tokens or a paper receipt, which they can use to buy eligible food products from participating vendors. Farmers and vendors can become authorized to administer their own SNAP program, but it’s most common for markets to use a centralized POS.

 

Did you know?

 

  • Farmers market produce costs less than the grocery store?

  • At the Market, you can use SNAP EBT to buy anything except cut flowers and ready to eat foods?

  • You can use SNAP EBT to buy vegetable plants to grow at home?

 

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