By SALINA POST
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has been approved for acceptance at both farmers markets in Salina.
"This is a huge step towards fostering healthier and more sustainable food systems while making sure everyone has equal access to fresh, locally grown produce," the Local Food Works Foundation noted in a news release Thursday.
SNAP recipients can now use their benefits at both the Tuesday and Saturday farmers markets in Salina, expanding their access to a wide variety of locally sourced fruits, vegetables, and other food products.
Both farmers markets have begun operation for the growing season. The Harvest Farmers Market is every Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in the parking lot of Emmanuel Church, at 1325 E. Cloud Street. The Salina Farmers Market is every Saturday from 7-11 a.m. in the parking lot of Waters, 460 S. Ohio Street.
SNAP recipients are asked to take their EBT cards to the Local Food Works Foundation/SNAP booth at the market. There, they can swipe their cards for the amounts of money they want to spend at the market and will receive market tokens to use with eligible market vendors. There is no cashback option, but the tokens do not expire, the foundation noted.