DCF Working to Expand Vision Card at Farmers Markets

DCF Working to Expand Vision Card at Farmers Markets

Making healthy, locally grown food available to low-income families is goal of National Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

It really is only spring – not even Memorial Day yet – but with a couple of 100-degree days already past and a bunch of 90s on the record, there is a certain summer feel out there.

With the arrival of spring and the feeling of summer, the anticipation is heightened for those who love the season of farmers markets, which are now opening across Kansas.

This year, the Kansas Department for Children and Families is working with local growers to accept the Electronic Benefits Transfer (Vision) card as a form of payment. Eighteen Kansas farmers markets already accept the card and DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is encouraging more farmers markets to join the trend.

"We often hear that healthy food is difficult to find and is unaffordable," said Secretary Gilmore. "We want Kansans to know, nutritious fruits and vegetables are available in their communities and with the help of farmers, we can ensure that putting high quality foods on the table is a cost-effective option."

"We often hear that healthy food is difficult to find and is unaffordable," Secretary Gilmore said. "We want Kansans to know, nutritious fruits and vegetables are available in their communities and with the help of farmers, we can ensure that putting high quality foods on the table is a cost-effective option."

USDA awarded a $4 million grant to the National Farmers Market Nutrition Program. The funding is being allocated to farmers markets so they can purchase EBT technology to process SNAP payments. DCF has played an active role in making this new opportunity available in the communities that need it most.

"Several farmers are now in the process of getting their equipment to help them grow their businesses and farmers markets," Gilmore said.

Some Kansas farmers markets also participate in the Double Up Food Bucks effort. Five Kansas City area farmers markets match up to $25 per week, so that SNAP households can make their food assistance benefits go even further. Lawrence's farmers market also recently announced a similar program for low-income customers. For more information about the Kansas City area matching programs, click here

For more information on the National Farmers Market Nutrition Program and how to apply to the free EBT equipment, visit the MarketLink website.

A complete list of Kansas farmers markets is available at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service website.

Kansas farmers markets that currently accept the EBT card as a form of payment include:

Allen County Farmers' Market

Iola

Atchison Farmers Market

Atchison

Basehor Farmers Market

Basehor

Cottins Hardware Farmers Market

Lawrence

Delano Community Farmers Market

Wichita

Emporia Farmers Market

Emporia

Garnett Farmers Market

Garnett

Hillsboro Farmers Market

Hillsboro

Kansas Grown! Inc.

Wichita

KCK Greenmarket

Kansas City (2220 Central Ave.)

Lawrence Farmers Market

Lawrence

Leavenworth Farmers Market

Leavenworth

Overland Park Farmers' Market

Overland Park

Pittsburg Farmers Market

Pittsburg

Reno County Farmers Market

Hutchinson

Rosedale Farmers Market

Kansas City

Soul and Soil Rainbow Garden

Kansas City

Wichita Farmers Market Vendors Association

Wichita

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