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EBT and Food Access

EBT is accepted at more markets than ever before! Find out which Greenmarkets accept EBT.

By accepting EBT payments at Greenmarkets, GrowNYC aims to provide all shoppers with access to fresh, local, nutritious food from the farmers market. Thanks to continued funding from the New York City Council, over 50 Greenmarkets now accept EBT. In 2013, EBT cards could be used at 51 Greenmarkets, up from only three markets in 2005. EBT sales in 2012 exceeded $930,000, and in some markets, daily EBT sales reached close to $6,000. EBT has become a critical supplement to farmers who depend on these markets for survival, as some farmers reported that EBT sales comprise 25% to 50% of their total income. EBT can be used at the Greenmarkets to purchase anything edible, including food producing plants and seeds

EBT, along with the Federal Farmers Market Nutrition ProgramWIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygienes Health Buck Program, helps ensure that all New Yorkers have access to nutritious and fresh products grown on family farms in the New York region. Learn how to use EBT, WIC and FMNP at Greenmarket.

With support from the Farmers Market Federation of NY, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the City Council, GrowNYC has established a national model for operating EBT at farmers markets, greatly expanding food access in New York City. To find out more, read our reports and resources.

Learn about GrowNYCs many efforts to reach all communities through food access and nutrition programs.