FRESHFARM Markets





It is important to FRESHFARM Markets that local, fresh produce is available to all people, regardless of income or financial stability. Currently we have four programs that help low-income people buy healthy foods in our DC and MD markets. By accepting SNAP (EBT/Foods Stamps), WIC, SFMNP vouchers and offering an incentive Matching Dollars program we aim to decrease the access barriers to fresh, healthy food.
1. SNAP (EBT/FOOD STAMPS)

FRESHFARM Markets accepts SNAP at 6 markets: 5 in DC (by the White House, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, H Street NE and Penn Quarter), and one in Maryland (Silver Spring, MD).

Instructions: To use your SNAP, go to the Market Information Tent, tell the staff how much money you would like to spend, and they will swipe your EBT card for the amount you request. You're then given your requested amount in $1 wooden tokens.

You may not use your tokens to buy flowers or other non-food items, and no change can be given.

If you don't use all your tokens that day, you can save them to use another day at any of the above-mentioned FRESHFARM Markets.

To see if you qualify for EBT/Food Stamps, contact:

1. District of Columbia Department of Human Services at 202-698-3900 or download the Application for Benefits
2. State of Maryland Department of Human Services at 800-332-6347 or download the Application for Assistance



2. MATCHING DOLLARS PROGRAM

In order to lower economic barriers to local and healthy foods, FRESHFARM Markets offers a Matching Dollar incentive to SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP customers at the six markets that accept SNAP (listed above).

Instructions: At the FRESHFARM Market Information tent, tell market staff how much in SNAP, WIC, or Senior FMNP you would like to spend. Market staff will match your redemption with FREE Match wooden tokens (with a maximum of $15 free per visit). For example, if you redeem $15 in SNAP, you will get an additional $15 Free Match tokens to spend. You may use Match tokens at any farm stand selling SNAP-eligible foods, but you may not purchase non-food items (flowers, soap) or prepared, ready-to-eat foods.



3. WIC FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION PROGRAM (WIC FMNP)

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) FMNP checks are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers stands (at this time regular WIC coupons cannot be used at farmers markets).

Instructions: You can also use your WIC Fruit Cash-Value checks (DC) and your WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks/FVC (MD) to purchase fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers stands. WIC FMNP checks may only be used between May 1 and November 30 in DC and in MD. WIC Vegetable and Fruit Cash-Value checks (DC) and WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks/FVC (MD) are issued year-round and can be used year-round at authorized farmers stands.

For more information about WIC FMNP, WIC Vegetable and Fruit Cash-Value Checks, WIC Fruit and Vegetable checks/FVC, contact:

1. DC Community Health Administration/WIC State Agency at 202-442-9397
2. MD Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5770
3. MD State WIC Program at 410-767 5242.



4. SENIOR FARMERS MARKET NUTRITION COUPONS (SENIOR FMNP)

The purpose of the Senior FMNP is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to senior citizens of the District of Columbia and Maryland who are eligible for Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). The program expands the awareness and use of farmers markets and also supports and promotes the daily consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Seniors (60 years plus) who receive CSFP benefits are eligible to participate in the Senior FMNP. Under the SFMNP, recipients receive checks to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from an authorized farmer's stand; these farmers display a large sign stating that they accept Senior FMNP checks. These checks may only be used between June 1 and November 30 in Washington, DC and in MD.

For information on Senior FMNP coupons, please call:

1. DC Community Health Administration/WIC State Agency at 202-442-9397
2. MD Department of Agriculture at 410-841-5770


If you have questions please contact Bernie Prince or Juliet Glass at 202-362-8889 or email bernieprince@freshfarmmarkets.org or julietglass@freshfarmmarkets.org.



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