Farmers Markets serve an important role in communities across the world. Benefits of these local markets include giving local producers a place to sell their goods, allowing consumers to see where their food is coming from and the people that grow it, and helping to rebuild social capital. As the popularity of these markets has grown, they have become more and more accessible. Many markets now accept credit and debit cards, as well as SNAP benefits.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
In the city of Seattle alone, these farmers markets accept SNAP benefits:
- 1st Hill Farmers Market
- Ballard Farmers Market
- Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance at 44th Ave SW & SW Alaska
- Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance at 5031 University Way NE
- Pike Place Express at South Lake Union
- Pike Place Market Express at City Hall
- Pike Place Market PDA
- Pioneer Square Farmers Market
- Queen Anne Farmers Market
To see if your local farmer’s market accepts SNAP benefits, check the USDA’s listing at http://www.fns.usda.gov/ebt/learn-about-snap-benefits-farmers-markets.
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