THE FARMERS MARKET SNAP SUPPORT PROJECT PowerPoint Presentation

THE FARMERS MARKET SNAP SUPPORT PROJECT PowerPoint Presentation

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SNAP is the acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp . program. 1. PURPOSE. We . believe that farmers markets and their local community will be better off if . ID: 540056

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THE FARMERS MARKET SNAP SUPPORT PROJECT

SNAP is the acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the Food Stamp program

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PURPOSEWe believe that farmers markets and their local community will be better off if all people are able to purchase fresh, healthy, local food.SNAP boosts economic activity within a community and benefits regional food producers by offering a solution for low-income people to access nutritious food.BACKGROUNDLast October, Mass Farmers Markets was awarded a grant from FNS called the Farmers Market SNAP Support Grant (FMSSG). This grant provides funding for projects that increase SNAP accessibility and effectiveness of SNAP operations at farmers markets.

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YOUR OPPORTUNITY

Mass Farmers Markets will allocate these funds to eligible applicants who want to offer SNAP/EBT services at their farmers markets but are currently unable or struggling to do so mostly due to financial constraints.This opportunity provides funding for labor costs necessary for implementing SNAP programming at their markets.

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The Farmers Market SNAP Support Project will provide funding to applicants in three areas:

OPERATING LABOREQUIPMENT & SUPPLIESOUTREACH LABOR

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1. OPERATING LABOR

Mass Farmers Markets will award funding for labor costs related to operating SNAP services at your farmers market.Time spent at market: Setting up your work space, processing transactions using an EBT terminal, recording all transactions, distributing tokens, collecting tokens from vendors at the end of the day for reimbursementTime spent after market: Accounting, reimbursing vendors, maintaining accurate records, creating progress reportsTime spent on non-market days:Conduct a SNAP training program for staff and farmers

If you have a busy market you may want to consider hiring an EBT/SNAP Coordinator. This expense falls into the LABOR category. Decide how much you will pay this person. Decide how much time it takes for SNAP operations before and after market.

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2. EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

The Farmers Market SNAP Support Project will cover costs necessary for implementing and operating SNAP programming during the market season.

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Examples include:

Scrip: Tokens, chips, paper scrip or another type of currency for SNAP shoppersAccounting software such as QuickBooks or Microsoft ExcelReceipt books, log sheet, checks, storage materialsDedicated equipment such as a router, tablet or computer used exclusively for SNAP operations

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EBT Terminals are not eligible. Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) has a program that provides free equipment. For more information go to www.farmersmarketcoalition.org  Other costs not covered are printing expenses for flyers and other informational materials. The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) will provide flyers later this year for distribution.

Quick Tip: Word of mouth is an incredibly effective tool to promote any new program. Also consider posting information in newsletters, community boards, listservs, the local paper, Facebook, websites. Note that you will account for the time spent on these activities as an Outreach expense.

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3. OUTREACH LABOR

The Farmers Market SNAP Support Project will reimburse applicants for the time you spend outside market hours to promote SNAP activities at your market.

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Examples include:

Hosting eventsParticipating in community eventsActivities related to building relationships with potential partnersDistributing educational materials

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This category is similar to the OPERATING LABOR category but it is important to distinguish Market day activities from outreach work done during non-market hours.

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ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Progress ReportingMore information about reporting requirements will be provided in the award documents. Keep in mind that you will submit detailed, accurate records on a quarterly basis. Technical IssuesIf you are having any problems opening documents please contact us ASAP.

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QUARTERLY PROGRESS REPORTS

In addition to a brief narrative regarding your project’s activities, you will submit the information below into the FMC data portal:# of SNAP TransactionsAmount of SNAP Redeemed# of Farmers Able to Accept SNAP# of Educational Events Hosted# of Event Participants# of SNAP Outreach Materials Distributed Additional SNAP data sent to MFM no longer than 5 days after the end of each calendar quarter:Daily Number of SNAP shoppers (card swipes)Daily Number of vendors eligible to accept SNAPDaily Number of vendors redeeming SNAP benefitsChanges in market hours and/or days TrainingNumber of market staff trainedNumber of farmer-producers trained Public Accessibility & OutreachNumber of SNAP events attended Number and type of SNAP outreach marketing materials disseminatedNew partnerships and any developments on existing partnerships

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Let’s think about LABOR costs during a typical day at a farmers market….Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at Farmers Markets: a How-To Handbook Appendix B

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ANY QUESTIONS???Email ariel@massfarmersmarkets.orgor by phone at 781-893-8222

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Thank you and good luck!


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