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SNAP Benefits at Farmers Markets

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Kate Vavrousek

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.

Image retrieved from https://torierynning.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/farmers-market-sides-honey-balsamic-roasted-carrots/

2 Comments

  1. caitpetrie

    Kate, I was wondering if you knew the requirements in order for a family to qualify for SNAP? Is it based on income level, or something else?

  2. ashleeeyvd

    It looks like it’s primarily based on income for working families and individuals: http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1364

    I was listening to KUOW a few days ago, and they aired a short piece on the rise of students using food assistance, mostly in food banks. (http://kuow.org/post/food-pantries-rise-help-starving-students). However, after some research, it appears many students aren’t eligible for SNAP benefits, because the program is only available to those who are working at least 20 hours per week. I don’t know about the rest of you, but working that much with a full course load would be challenging, and I can imagine that students who did have time/flexibility to work more than a few hours a week might not be the ones in the greatest need of food assistance. http://www.pacificu.edu/studentlife/foodstamps/student-eligibiliy-snap2.pdf

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