92 Farmers’ Markets Now Accept SNAP Cards
ODJFS recently announced that Ohioans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can visit any of 92 farmers’ markets around the state to buy fresh, locally grown food.
SNAP recipients living near farmers’ markets should have received notification letters explaining the program and how to utilize their card at the market. Card holders can purchase either scrip, tokens, or receipts from the EBT booth to use throughout the market, or they can use their Ohio Direction Card if they are visiting a single farm stand - just like they do at retail stores.
Additionally, buying power is increased at most of the participating markets through Produce Perks, a program that provides recipients a dollar-for-dollar match (up to $20) for every dollar spent on fresh fruits and vegetables using the Ohio Direction Card.
You can see (and may want to share) the department’s 2019 Farmers’ Market Directory here. All entities listed in the directory accept the Ohio Direction Card. Clients can also identify participating Farmers’ Markets through the Oh SNAP App in the “What’s Near Me?” tab.
Utilizing farmers’ markets is a great way to support local farmers, increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables and stretch food budgets a little further. We hope to see the number of markets accepting the Ohio Direction Card continue to grow!