FNS to Fund Wireless EBT Terminals at Farmers’ Markets

Farmers Market SNAP EBT

States will receive federal funding to provide wireless terminals to farmers' markets that are not currently participating in SNAP.  The terminals can also be used to process debit and credit cards although the funds will not pay for any of those fees.  According to the allocation worksheet below the state of Ohio will receive $161,359.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services administers the SNAP program; known as the Ohio Direction Card. They can assist farmers’ markets with resources and information to be able to accept the Ohio Direction Card at the farmers’ market. The contact for the SNAP program is:
Christina Thomas
Electronic Benefits Section Chief
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Bureau of Operations
Phone: (614) 644-1319
Email: christina.thomas@jfs.ohio.gov


From:  Rogelio Carrasco, Farmers’ Market Coordinator

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) 

Attached, please find three documents (a memorandum, allocation worksheet, and document explaining the allocation math) that describe how FNS has allocated the $4,000,000 provided in FNS’ Fiscal Year 2012 appropriation to expand the availability of wireless point-of-sale (POS) equipment in farmers’ markets not currently participating in SNAP.  These funds were provided as “100 percent money,” based on the allocation formula described in the attachments.

The memorandum also discusses a Federal Register Notice that FNS will publish in the coming weeks, seeking public comment regarding the potential uses of similar funds in future fiscal years.  We strongly encourage interested parties to provide comments when that Notice is published.

SNAP-fy12-Allocation Memorandum-05.02.12

SNAP-fy12-Explanation of Allocation Formula-05.02.12

SNAP-FY12 Allocations-05.02.12

Additional details and applications at the FNS website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/

If you have  any questions regarding these matters, please do not hesitate to contact me at (703) 305-2673 or at Rogelio.Carrasco@fns.usda.gov