Does your farm accept SNAP or EBT payments? Would you like to?
The Farmers' Market Coalition's webinar BYOD (Bring your own device): The 2020 FNS EBT Equipment Grant Program Webinar was a wealth of information on Apr 22, 2020. Watch a recording of the webinar here.
MarketLink is a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP) that assists farmers and markets with accepting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) and electronic payments. Founded in 2013 in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, MarketLink has helped more than 3,000 farmers and markets accept electronic payments - including more than $20M in SNAP sales.
From MarketLink's website:
How do I know if I am Eligible for FREE Equipment?
You will need to submit application (here) to confirm whether or not you are eligible for free equipment for your farmers market or farm. Once approved, you will be issued a MarketLink approval number that you can then use to submit your information to Novo Dia Group here for your free equipment.
How is MarketLink different from the USDA program offered through states?
MarketLink is different because the USDA awarded a contract to the NAFMNP based on the best value for the agency as well as for direct-marketing farmers and farmers markets to provide a complete solution. MarketLink is working with states that received funding who may want to provide MarketLink as an option to their farmers and markets for SNAP acceptance.
Equipment options through the MarketLink program are available to any farmers market and direct marketing farmer across the country, whether they are eligible for free equipment or not.
If you have more specific questions, contact MarketLink directly.