Now Accepting EBT
EBT at the Market
Market Bucks- What is it?
We are proud to announce that the Linden Hills Farmers Market is now eligible to accept EBT (electronic benefit transfer). To encourage low-income family participation at our farmer’s markets we are integrating the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the market. This government funded program, previously known as Food Stamps, supplies low-income families with extra funds that can be used at farmers markets to purchase fruit, vegetables and more. In the United States there has been a large growth in the amount of farmers markets that accept SNAP. There are now more than 6,200 farmers markets that accept SNAP from 753 in 2008, and the total value of SNAP redemptions at farmers’ markets and food stands reaching $16.6 million in 2012–a 500% increase from 2008 (http://www.snaptohealth.org/snap-innovations/snap-at-farmers-markets/). As a market we believe all people should have access to fresh, local and healthy products regardless of their economic background. We are hoping to decrease barriers for low-income families and individuals by accepting EBT cards at our market and participating in the Market Bucks Program.
Thanks to Hunger Solutions Minnesota we are able to match your SNAP dollars up to $10 (i.e. you spend $7 in SNAP you will receive $7 in Market Bucks, or, you spend $10 in SNAP you will receive $10 in Market Bucks). Market bucks are used the same way as SNAP dollars and are subject to the same restrictions (click below for eligible and ineligible food list).
EBT- How it works!
To use your SNAP dollars bring your EBT card to the Linden Hills Farmers Market/EBT booth. There you can tell the staff the amount of SNAP dollars you want and they will swipe your EBT card for that amount. You will receive the amount in $1 wooden tokens and matched with $1 market bucks up to $10. Like real money these tokens can be used at any farmers market that are SNAP eligible and never expire. Market Bucks can also be used at any farmers market that is participating in the Market Bucks program, but they expire Oct. 31st, 2016.
How to get to the market (Bus routes)
Linden Hills and the Linden Hills Farmers Market is accessible via the Metro Transit 6 bus line. You can get to Linden Hills from just about anywhere in Minneapolis and St. Paul by connecting to bus (Route 6). Routes travel north-south along France Ave S and Xerxes Ave S and connect east-west along West 39th St. Stops include University of Minnesota via Uptown Transfer Station (Route 6), an express University route (Route 152), downtown Minneapolis (Route 146), St. Paul and Light Rail via 46th Street/ (Route 46). For current bus schedules, go to the Metro Transit Website and click on their ROUTES tab at the top of the page.
EBT: Why its important
Farmers markets have been around for decades in hopes of supplying consumers with fresh and local ingredients. Historically markets have been seen as expensive, located in affluent neighborhoods, and have been perceived as a niche market. In the 1970’s farmers markets were reinvented to focus on food justice because the markets wanted to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables to all income levels, specifically low-income families. Creating markets that target low-income families are important because their neighborhoods frequently lack full service grocery stores and have limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Although farmers’ markets offer healthy foods for purchase, many lack the equipment necessary to process convenient, card-based transactions. A survey analyzed the impact of providing EBT terminals at 5 markets on overall sales and redemption of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Sales increased significantly at 4 of the 5 markets after implementation of the terminals, and overall sales increased above and beyond SNAP redemption alone. Implementation of EBT may create an improvement in the financial stability and accessibility of farmers’ markets to low income individiuals and families.
It has been shown that having EBT services at a market increases SNAP redemption and is increasing SNAP participation at farmers markets. Incentives such as Market Bucks have also increased the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables for individuals and families.
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Bertmann, Farryl M. W., Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Matthew P. Buman, and Christopher M. Wharton. "Implementation of Wireless Terminals at Farmers’ Markets: Impact on SNAP Redemption and Overall Sales." American Journal of Public Health 102.7 (2012): n. pag. Web
Hasin, A., Smith, S., & Stieren, P. (2014). Illinois Farmers Markets Using EBT: Impacts on SNAP Redemption and Market Sales. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development JAFSCD, 179-188. doi:10.5304/jafscd.2014.051.015