Farmers’ Market Event Increases SNAP Recipient Access To Tennessee Farm Products

Monday, April 28, 2014

Farmers and farmers’ markets across the state today increased their reach to the more than 1.3 million Tennesseans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formally known as Food Stamps. 

The Tennessee Department of Human Services, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service hosted the Farmers’ Market On-Site Application and Approval Event for those interested in receiving free wireless point-of-sale (POS) devices equipped to accept SNAP benefits. Through this event, eligible participants were also able to receive approval to process SNAP transactions within the day, versus the normal processing timeframe. 

Last year, SNAP recipients spent an average of $175 million in benefits per month. With the new increase of farmers and farmers’ markets able to accept the benefit, more Tennessee households can have access to fresh, healthy and nutritious foods. This is especially opportune for rural communities in which farms have often been a staple but grocery stores may be scarce. 

“Given the many rural communities in Tennessee, expanding the opportunity for families receiving SNAP to access food is vital,” said DHS Commissioner Raquel Hatter. “Enlisting farmers and farmers’ markets can help to alleviate the issue, while placing fresh, nutritious foods on the table for many families.” 

Individual farmers and farmers’ markets that were unable to attend the event can contact the Department of Human Services to find out if they qualify for federal grants for free wireless point-of-sale equipment and internet access. 


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