The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market is pleased to announce that we are continuing to accept EBT/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Here's How it works!
• Swipe your EBT card at the information booth to purchase $1 tokens to spend at the market.
• Shop with the tokens to purchase eligible food products directly from Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market vendors. No change is given.
• Come back next week! Tokens do not expire.
Double your money!
To incentivize SNAP participants to shop, the market is providing a dollar-to-dollar match for all SNAP funds redeemed at the market. For the first $10 in EBT card purchases, the recipients will receive an additional $10 to spend at the market. The Market Match portion of the program will run throughout the season or until funds are exhausted. “It is important that everyone have access to fresh, healthy foods from the market,” said Rex Healthcare Vice President of Suburban Services Tom Williams. “We are proud to partner with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance to get this beneficial program up and running.” Rex Healthcare is providing $10,000 for promotional and operational support to make the program and market possible, and $1,000 is allocated for the incentive initiative. .
The program is part of a nationwide effort by farmers markets to provide healthy food access to all communities, and the incentive program is modeled after other national nutrition incentive programs that have been proven to increase SNAP usage at farmers markets. At the end of April, there were 83,440 citizens in Wake County receiving government food assistance. By increasing the value of the benefits, the match incentive helps reduce perceived barriers that farmers markets are too costly. In addition to expanding customers’ purchasing power and increasing healthy eating, the program benefits local farmers and the local economy.
Stop by the market's information booth for more information or to shop, or email us with your questions.
More information about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is available here.