Great News from USDA

On Wednesday Deputy Secretary Merrigan of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) held a press conference to announce a new funding initiative to increase access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) at farmers markets throughout the country.

There is $4m in USDA funding that is being allocated through the Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) which will go towards wireless EBT machines, covering the service fees for those machines, and perhaps even the cost of administering a SNAP program at market.

Here’s the summary of the funding from the USDA blog: “Funding Helps Farmers Markets That Want to Participate in SNAP” as well as more details from the Farmers Market Coalition blog: “USDA Announces 2012 Support for SNAP in Farmers Markets, Issues Memorandum on State Allocations.”

We will be covering what this means in Maryland, but as we learn more about the details of how this will work on the ground level, one thing has been confirmed: that there is almost $68,000 in funding to increase access at Maryland farmers markets that will support our local farmers!

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