March 2nd, 2016

USDA to hold SNAP Sign Up Opportunity at MDA Farmers Market Conference

by Amy Crone

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) will hold a sign up opportunity as part of the Maryland Farmers Market Conference held at the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) on March 15, 2016.

Farmers markets and direct marketing farmers who would like to accept the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should plan to bring the following to be approved on site:

  1. Picture ID (driver’s license or passport)
  2. Social Security Card (or other official document with your name and SSN)
  3. Copy of voided check for bank account you will use to deposit funds.

In order to receive FREE equipment to accept SNAP, you will also need to complete the Farmers Market Coalition application, which can be found here: Please complete this process prior to the conference, as you will need your FMC approval number to complete the forms to get your free equipment.

About the Author Amy Crone Amy Crone

Amy’s passion for food starting in her aunt & uncle’s garden, a lovely log cabin by a NH lake where she first learned to preserve and pickle. She has always wanted to help people, and completed her degrees in international development in hopes of combining this interest with her love of travel. After working in the field of international development, then in federal government, then in a think tank, and then in state government, Amy decided that she wanted to explore explore her entrepreneurial interests. These included: starting a nonprofit (MDFMA), developing a national technology solution to provide farmers market and farmers access to accepting SNAP, building several websites, and becoming a Board member in local organizations. She is happy to be able to follow her passion of improving local food systems and the health of all Marylanders by getting them to buy more fresh local food at Maryland farmers markets. Amy’s other main interests are her husband & 2 children, Crossfitting, and traveling to any location that has interesting and delicious ~preferably local~ food.