Farmers, farmers markets invited to be SNAP authorized in one-day sign up
- Sign up day to be SNAP authorized is June 5
- SNAP helps low-income families to buy local and fresh foods
- SNAP supports state farmers and farmers markets
- Farmers asked to bring 501C3 or 501C6 forms to Sign-Up Day
- For more info, email email@example.com or call 501-682-8288
LITTLE ROCK – Eligible Arkansas farmers and farmers markets can sign up June 5 to become authorized to handle Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, transactions.
Accepting SNAP at farmers markets helps low-income families to buy locally grown fresh products, while supporting state farmers and farmers markets. Those interested in SNAP authorization are asked to answer pre-qualifying questions before the sign up day by logging on to www.nafmnp.org/marketlink. Farmers are also asked to bring r 501C3 or 501C6 forms to Sign-Up Day.
The Arkansas Department of Human Services and the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service are facilitating the one-day sign up sponsored by USDA-Food and Nutrition Services, and the National Association of Farmers Markets. The sign up will be held at the state headquarters of the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, 2301 S. University Ave., from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
“This program not only helps SNAP participants access fresh, healthy foods, it also provides an alternative revenue stream for farmers markets, which can help make the market more viable for farmers and the community,” said Rosemary Rodibaugh, a nutrition professor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
“A growing number of farmers markets are redeeming SNAP benefits,” she said.
Qualified farmers markets and farmers who choose to work with MarketLink will receive a new iPhone, data services, card reader and other equipment needed to process EBT, debit or credit card transactions.
To RSVP and learn more about the sign up day, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-682-8288.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Meetings or activities announced are open to all interested persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible prior to the activity. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
By Kezia Nanda
For the Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service