Using EBT, WIC, and FMNP

How to use EBT at Greenmarkets

1. Find out which markets accept EBT.

2. Visit the market information tent and look for the Market Manager. They will be wearing a t-shirt that says Greenmarket.

3. Swipe your food stamp/EBT card to purchase as many $1 or $5 wooden tokens as youd like. These tokens will act as cash at the market.

4. Spend your tokens at any farm stand that displays a sign stating "Food Stamp/EBT tokens accepted here."

What to do with left over tokens?

Tokens dont have an expiration date! Keep unused tokens and use them next time you shop at any Greenmarket that accepts EBT. Unused tokens may also be exchanged for a refund back onto your EBT card.

How to use Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) checks at Greenmarkets

1. FMNP checks are each worth $4. Almost all vegetable and fruit farmers in the Greenmarket program accept FMNP checks, but to be sure, go to the market information tent and ask the market manager which farmers accept the FMNP checks.

2. Pick out the produce that you'd like. Remember, FMNP is only good for fresh fruits and vegetables!

3. Pay the farmer directly for your produce using the FMNP check just like cash. No change is given, so the farmer may suggest that you pick out something else to make up the complete $4 value of the check.

How to use WIC Vegetable and Fruit (WIC V & F) checks at Greenmarkets

Please note that the values specified in the above video are not correct for 2015. Below you will find the 2015 check values for the Monthly WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks.

1. WIC V & F checks come in increments of $6, $8, $10, and $15. Not all vegetable and fruit farmers in the Greenmarket program accept the WIC V & F checks. Go to the market information tent and ask the market manager which farmers accept WIC V & F checks.

2. Pick out the produce that you'd like. Remember, WIC V & F checks can only be used for fresh fruits and vegetables, and cannot be used for herbs, seeds, or food producing plants.

3. Pay the farmer directly for your produce using the WIC V & F check just like cash. No change is given, so the farmer may suggest that you pick out something else to make up the complete value of the check.

GrowNYC staffer Maria Rojas of Greenmarket's FARMroots program gave this incredible speech at the United Nations Development Program's Adaptive Farms: Resilient Tables event on April 3, 2017. 

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