Friday, February 18, 2011

EBT for Farm To City

Recipients of the SNAP -- the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which used to be called the Food Stamp program -- will be able to use their Electronic Benefits Transfer cards at Farm to City farmers' markets this summer. FTC's addition of the EBT reader machines follows the Food Trust's implementation of the program at most of its farmers' markets in recent years.

The Reading Terminal Market, which is in discussions with Farm To City's Bob Pierson to acquire the operation, served as conduit for the U.S. Department of Agriculture monies funding the EBT installations, a grant of about $100,000.

The market's proposed acquisition of Farm To City, announced in late summer, stalled late in the year, but Paul Steinke, the market's general manager, says talks have resumed. However, so much time has passed that the RTM has to start its "due diligence" all over again.

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