What is SNAP?
SNAP or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a USDA program to provide money for food to individuals and families that meet certain requirements of income as a percentage of the federal poverty line. SNAP benefits are distributed through a special debit card that is issued to the person, and may be used to purchase food.
How we process SNAP Benefits
At the Taylors Farmers Market, we have a token system to honor SNAP Benefits.
A shopper presents their SNAP Card at the Market Headquarters Tent.
The market staff uses our special equipment to deduct a whole dollar amount of money from the shoppers SNAP account.
We then give the shopper tokens in $1 and $5 increments in exchange for the money deducted.
The shopper takes the tokens to a vendor that is selling an eligible product and pays them using the tokens.
- At the end of the market day, the vendor brings the SNAP tokens to the Market Headquarters Tent and the Taylors Farmers Market writes them a check for the amount of tokens returned.
What products can be purchased with SNAP Benefits?
SNAP benefits CAN buy
Foods for the household to eat, such as:
breads and cereals;
fruits and vegetables;
meats, fish and poultry; and
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
In some areas, restaurants can be authorized to accept SNAP benefits from qualified homeless, elderly, or disabled people in exchange for low-cost meals.
SNAP benefits CAN’T buy:
Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
Any nonfood items, such as:
soaps, paper products
Vitamins and medicines
Food that will be eaten in the store
You can find full details on the items that can be purchased with SNAP here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/eligible-food-items