Farmers markets throughout Washington participate in food access programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC & Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), and special fruit and vegetable incentives (“SNAP Market Match”). These programs help everyone have access to fresh, healthy, local food and foster healthy communities and individuals by enabling low-income shoppers to purchase more fresh produce from local farmers.
To get help receiving food assistance in Washington State, contact Washington Connection by calling (877) 501-2233.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is the nation’s largest nutritional assistance program. To use your EBT card at the market, shoppers visit the market information booth and swipe their EBT card. The market then provides tokens for the amount swiped on the card. The shopper then spends the tokens with market vendors on SNAP eligible items. Eligible items are the same as at the grocery store and include fruits, vegetables, baked goods, seeds, meat, jams, jellies, bread, fish, vegetable starts, syrup and honey, dairy, and poultry.
The Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) for Women and Infant Children (WIC) and Seniors provide vouchers to purchase fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and fresh-cut herbs at the farmers market. Seniors can also buy honey. Eligible families receive the vouchers from their WIC clinic or local senior agency and spend them directly with approved farm vendors at the farmers markets.
Families and individuals can stretch their SNAP dollars at our market by getting “SNAP Market Match.” Simply go to the market’s information booth and tell them you’d like SNAP Market Match. Swipe your EBT card for the amount you want to spend. Shoppers receive “SNAP Market Match” dollars up to $40. Shoppers can buy fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, mushrooms, fresh herbs, seeds, and plants that produce food (for example, tomato seeds or tomato plants).