Healthy Exchange

GrowNYC’s Healthy Exchange Project provides the framework for making healthy, regional food accessible to all New Yorkers by overseeing GrowNYC’s work to promote and accept SNAP/EBT. Health Bucks, the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Checks, WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks, and Greenmarket Bucks. Healthy Exchange also oversees the acceptance of debit/credit cards at markets.

EBT cards are 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, almost every 50 Greenmarket now accepts EBT. In 2016, EBT cards could be used at over 50 Greenmarkets. EBT sales in 2016 exceeded $1,000,000, 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.

Help Greenmarket go plastic-free by bringing your own bags while shopping in the markets. Made from petroleum, plastic bags are contributing to enivonmental degradation around the world, clogging our oceans, and are an enormous waste of money. Pledge to bring your bags when shopping at Greenmarkets and help us go plastic-free! 
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