Maryland Market Money

Maryland Market Money is a state-wide currency distributed to participants in federal nutrition benefits programs [the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), the Women, Infant, and Children Fruit & Vegetable Check Program (WIC FVC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)] who use their benefits at participating farmers markets. The currency comes in the form of dollar-value tokens and vouchers distributed each week at participating markets. These tokens and vouchers can be spent on any SNAP-eligible foods at any participating market in Maryland, helping to increase customers’ food budgets for purchasing fresh, healthy, local foods at farmers markets while also directly supporting local growers and producers.

For more information on which markets accept federal nutrition benefits and participate in Maryland Market Money, please download the list of participating Maryland Market Money markets. Use our Find a Market tool to find a market near you, or check out the map below:

 

The Maryland Farmers Market Association (MDFMA) founded Maryland Market Money in 2013 with the intention of increasing access to locally-produced foods at farmers market for low-income individuals and families. The goal of Maryland Market Money is to encourage individuals to spend their federal nutrition benefits at market as a means of supporting local agriculture while encouraging healthy eating and reducing food insecurity throughout the state. For detailed statistics and a list of participating markets over the years, please see our 2014 and 2015 Maryland Market Money Annual Reports.

If you are a market manager who is interested in bringing Maryland Market Money to your market, please visit our page on Offering Maryland Market Money at Your Market for more information on market responsibilities and how to apply.

Since its inception, Maryland Market Money has benefitted from the generous support of: Kaiser Permanente, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Montgomery County Council, the Crossroads Community Food NetworkLoyola University, University of Maryland Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability, City of Riverdale Park, FRESHFARM Markets, the Wellness Coalition of Allegany County, the Institute for Public Health Innovation, and the Abell Foundation, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Michele’s Granola, Woodberry Kitchen, the Wheeler Foundation, Paul’s Place, International Rescue Committee, and the 32nd Street Farmers Market.

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