Public Benefit Programsadmin2020-05-04T20:24:15+00:00
PUBLIC BENEFIT PROGRAMS AT DFM
The Delmar Farmers Market is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to accept these benefits listed below for eligible market goers. Please inquire at our community tent for more information regarding participating vendors and how to redeem benefits.
WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)
The Delmar Farmers Market is authorized by the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to administer Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) FMNP benefits to low-income pregnant and postpartum women with coupons or electronic benefits to buy fresh produce from authorized farmers. Created by Congress in 1992, the program seeks to increase participants’ consumption of healthy local produce and expand awareness of and sales at farmers markets. Learn more HERE.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
DFM is also pleased to help increase access to fresh, local food for low-income seniors by accepting SFMNP coupons. Qualifying seniors are eligible to receive SFMNP benfits if they are at least 60 years old and have household incomes at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty line. More information on eligibility requirements is available through FNS. Learn more HERE.
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits
EBT is a system that allows customers to use federal SNAP benefits from a government-issued debit card at farmers markets as well as brick-and-mortar stores. SNAP customers redeem benefits by swiping their EBT card on a point-of-sale (POS) terminal at the market in exchange for tokens or a paper receipt, which they can use to buy eligible food products from participating vendors. Learn more HERE.