CSA Farmer's Guide to Accepting SNAP
Want to expand your market while making farm products affordable to consumers with limited means?
Use the resources below to find ways to integrate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments into your farm business, learn how to find and retain SNAP customers, and navigate the application process.
The first step in accepting SNAP (also known as EBT or food stamps) is to become licensed to do so by the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service. Farmers can call the USDA, FNS to receive a paper application at 1-877-823-4369, or they can apply online at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailers/application-process.htm. The paperwork may take a few hours to complete and the process can take up to 45 days. Once certified, farms will receive the tools they need to process SNAP transactions (a free EBT terminal and manual vouchers).
It is important to know that if a CSA accepts food stamps, members paying for their share with EBT will need to be provided with a different payment schedule. Members paying with food stamps cannot be required to pay for their share deliveries in advance of the beginning of the season. There are several options, but generally, CSAs work out a payment schedule that allows members paying with food stamps to pay every time they pick up their share and produce is received.
Already accept SNAP?
Be sure to display the “We accept SNAP” logo on your marketing materials, which you can download here.
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