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 five programs that help low-income people buy healthy foods in our DC, MD and VA 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 10 markets: 7 in DC (by the White House, CityCenter DC, Dupont Circle, Foggy Bottom, H Street NE and Penn Quarter); two in Maryland (Silver Spring, MD and Annapolis,); and one in Virginia (Ballston).

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 202-727-5355 or download the Application for Benefits
2. State of Maryland Department of Human Services at 800-332-6347 or download the Application for Assistance
3. Virginia Department of Social Services at 855-635-4370 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 10 markets that accept SNAP (listed above).

Instructions: If using SNAP, at the FRESHFARM Market Information tent, tell market staff how much of your benefits you would like to spend. Market staff will match your redemption with FREE Matching wooden tokens (with a maximum of $15 free tokens per visit). For example, if you redeem $15 in SNAP, you will get an additional $15 Free Matching tokens to spend. You may use Matching 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.

Thanks to funding in 2014 from the Maryland Farmers Market Association, we will match up to $20 per shopper at our Downtown Silver Spring FRESHFARM market up to $20 per shopper. At all our other FRESHFARM Markets that accept SNAP, we will match up to $15 per shopper per market.

If using WIC or Senior FMNP checks, you need to spend those checks first with authorized farmers. The farmer will give you a receipt. Take this receipt to the Market Information tent and we will match what you have spent with FREE Match wooden tokens. These tokens can be spent on anything at market.

FRESHFARM Markets Matching Dollars program is supported by Whole Foods Market, the Maryland Farmers Market Association, and by individual donors. Donations to Matching Dollars are greatly appreciated.



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). DC and Maryland both have WIC FMNP programs. Virginia does not offer this benefit.

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 must be used by 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.

Instructions: Be sure to ask for a receipt from the farmer so you can get your FREE Matching tokens. You will need to show this receipt to market staff at our Market Information tent to receive Matching tokens that you can use to buy anything at market.

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.

Instructions: You can also use your Senior FMNP to purchase fruits and vegetables at authorized farmers' stands. Be sure to ask for a receipt from the farmer so you can get your FREE Matching tokens by showing our staff your receipt at our Market Information tent.

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
3. Arlington County on Aging at 703 228 1700



5. PRODUCE PLUS (FOR DC RESIDENTS ONLY)

Produce Plus is a new nutrition benefit made available in 2014 by the DC Department of Health to increase access to fruits and vegetables. It is distributed in the form of $5 checks at participating farmers markets.

To be eligible, you must be a DC resident and a participant in ANY of the following programs:

1. SNAP (Food Stamps/EBT)
2. WIC (Women/Infants/Children food assistance)
3. SFMNP (Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program)
4. CSFP (Commodity Supplemental Food Program)
5. SSI (Supplemental Security Income)
6. Medicaid
7. TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/cash assistance)

Instructions: To receive the checks, show our farmers market staff proof of participation in any one of these programs (for example: EBT card, Medicaid card, or WIC checks). You do not have to show ID or spend any of your benefits to be eligible.

You will receive two $5 checks for a total of $10. You may redeem these for fruits and vegetables with any participating farmer. Ask staff which farmers can accept the checks. You can get the checks once per market day you can also get them at our other markets and receive the checks again the next week.

No change is given and these checks cannot be matched with the Matching Dollars program.

The checks all expire September 30, 2014. You may use them at any time before then, at any of our participating markets.

Sign the check at the time of redemption with the farmer.

We will distribute checks until the Produce Plus funds runs out.

For more information on Produce Plus, please call:
DC Community Health Administration/WIC State Agency at 202-442-9397




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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