Farmers Markets are invited to apply for free SNAP equipment in Oregon
Farmers’ Markets are invited to apply for free equipment and wireless service to expand
their customer base to include Oregonians who purchase food with Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits using an EBT card. One in five Oregonians are using
SNAP benefits, formerly called food stamps, to purchase food.
Farmers’ Markets must submit a Request to Participate by July 12, 2012 to be considered for
free Point-of-Sale (POS) equipment and free wireless internet access for six months.
Farmers’ markets already accepting SNAP are not eligible for this opportunity unless they
were authorized after November 18, 2011. The program is offered by the Oregon
Department of Human Services (DHS) with support from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA). To receive a Request to Participate form, contact Heidi Wormwood of
DHS by phone at (503) 945-5737 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is a great opportunity. Giving people who use SNAP benefits the ability to purchase
food at Farmers’ Markets brings multiple benefits. It helps SNAP recipients meet their
nutritional goals and stretch their benefits farther, supports local growers and invests SNAP
dollars in local economies,” said Belit Burke of DHS, the statewide program manager for
Participating in the program is a three-step process:
· Farmers’ Markets must submit a Request to Participate to DHS.
· Farmers’ Markets must apply for and receive SNAP authorization from the USDA to
participate before September 30, 2012. Applications can be submitted online at
http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/fm.htm. The application process can take up to 45 days.
· Once a Farmers’ Market gets SNAP authorization, it must notify DHS by calling
(503) 945-5737 and DHS will order its free equipment and wireless service.
Participation in the program is limited and will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to
Farmers’ Markets who receive SNAP authorization before September 30, 2012. Farmers’
Markets that receive POS equipment through this opportunity, will own the P