Consumers using SNAP EBT Cards can now use them for Certified Farmers’ Market food purchases.
The Palm Springs Cultural Center’s Certified Farmers’ Markets are now accepting SNAP EBT Cards at all three of its Coachella Valley Locations. “We’ve been hoping to make this a reality for some time,” said Paul Palodichuk, Market Manager. “The SNAP Program provides crucial support to needy households, and to those making the transition from welfare to work, by subsidizing food purchases and encouraging healthy food choices. Accepting SNAP EBT Cards at the Certified Farmers Markets means the people using the program will have access to healthy, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, breads, cheeses and poultry.”
SNAP (the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) was developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It is administered at the Federal level by the USDOA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), and by State Agencies at State and Local levels. SNAP EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) Cards allow program participants to purchase approved food items using a plastic card similar to a debit card. It is estimated that the program puts healthy food on the table for as many as 31 million Americans in any given month. Children under 18 make up approximately 49% of program beneficiaries, and the elderly (those over 60) make up 9%.