From the USDA:
Up to $3.3 million in
competitive funding is available to support the ability of farmers' markets to accept
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
These grants will help expand SNAP participants' access to fresh fruits
and vegetables and other nutritious foods found at farmers' markets,
while supporting the nation's farmers and producers.
Applications to apply for the grants are due June 18. Grant funds will be awarded in September. For further information about the grant application, visit www.grants.gov.
"We have seen an unprecedented growth in the number of farmers'
markets accepting SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards in the
past six years," said Kevin Concannon, Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary of Agriculture.
"These awards support the markets that
may need administrative help in implementing and managing EBT service
and informing customers that they can use their SNAP benefits at farmers
markets," he said.
He also said there are more than 6,200
farmers' markets and direct marketing farmers authorized to accept SNAP
nationwide – an eightfold increase since the beginning of this
administration. In fiscal year 2014, about $18.7 million in SNAP
benefits were used at farmers' markets, an increase of 7.5 percent over
The Farmers Market SNAP Support Grants will range from $15,000 to
$250,000 and must be designed to increase SNAP client accessibility and
participation at farmers' markets, and support the establishment,
expansion, and promotion of SNAP EBT services at farmers markets.