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How to stretch your SNAP benefits at the Farmers Market

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Springfield, Missouri (KY3)-People eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are now able to take full advantage of their support at the farmers market. There are three ways those individuals can get the most out of their dollars.

Missouri Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Missouri Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Low-income seniors over the age of 60 in Missouri will receive a $ 50 voucher for fresh produce and honey. Elderly people can apply now and start using the voucher from June 1st. The program will run until October 31st, after which unused vouchers will expire.

To qualify
  • Must be over 60 years old
  • I live in Missouri
  • Maximum total household income below 185% of the annual federal poverty level.
  • Participate in Missouri’s Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

“Vouchers can be used by any vendor that sells produce or honey,” said Ozarks Manager Jesse Stone’s Farmers Market. “All trained vendors will display a sign on their booth indicating that they will accept the voucher. Basically, it’s free money and a great gift for the local seniors.”

Women, infants, children (WIC)

Qualified mother Women, infants, children The program can also use produce vouchers at farmers markets. This is the first year that vendors can accept this resource.

“We already have a voucher through WIC,” says Stone. “Because I’m a former WIC mom, I’m very familiar with this process of getting a stack of vouchers for different types of food and going to the store to buy them. Now with the fruits I got at WIC Vegetable vouchers are now available here at Ozark’s Farmers Market, which is great because previously only agricultural products from large supercenters were available. “

Double snap

The third way people can maximize this resource is Double snap program. Customers can use their EBT card to buy $ 25 worth of tokens for use at farmers markets, but receive an additional $ 25 for use in fresh produce.

“We love it,” Stone said. “Our farmers love it. Farmers don’t go into farming to get rich. They go into farming because it’s part of the community they value. They do. I want to feed my neighbors. They want to be part of this process of nurturing a local community. This is the way they can do it without losing their side. “

If you are already qualified for one of these programs, your employees can help you by visiting the Farmers Market of the Ozarks Information Hub.

“We are happy to explain it,” Stone said. “We always explain it because it’s new to people. There’s a sign-up to explain it. And this is a big grant. You won’t run out of money. Come weekly. Your weekly Get free money. You don’t have to spend it that week. There is no expiration date. Put it in your pocket. Go shopping. “

Below is a list of Missouri and Arkansas Peasant market Accept the benefits of SNAP.

Farmers Market and SNAP(KY3)

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