By: Alternative Energy Resources Organization, Community Food and Agriculture Coalition, and the National Center for Appropriate Technology Updated June 2014
Accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits at local farmers markets can be a win-win situation. SNAP is the new name for the federal Food Stamp program. Montanans were issued more than $118 million in SNAP benefits in 2009, and spent more than $31,000 at farmers markets alone in 2009. Accepting electronic Food Stamps allows SNAP clients to use their benefits to purchase nutritious local foods and support local farmers.