This is the second item in the suite of materials developed by Maryland Hunger Solutions to help market managers and others understand the federal benefits programs at farmers markets. It contains information on using debit cards as well as the using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, which is called the Food Supplement Program or FSP in Maryland. These benefits are issued on a debit-type card called the Independence Card, which is why these two types of payment are combined in this document – both are accessed in the same way through an electronic benefits transfer (EBT) method (i.e. wireless card readers at market).
More information on the SNAP/FSP program in Maryland – including who qualifies and how to sign up – can be found here: Maryland FSP.
This cheat sheet has comparative information on the following types of payment and programs at market:
- Debit cards
- SNAP / FSP (formerly called Food Stamps)
- Incentive program coupons (in this case, Baltimore Bucks)
There is also an informative graphic explaining how the Baltimore Bucks program is going to work at Baltimore markets this summer for SNAP participants. The launch of this year’s incentives will take place this coming Saturday – May 12th – at the 32nd Street/ Waverly farmers market.