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How it Works:
Buying food with your SNAP/EBT card is easy:
1. Go to the Norway Farmers’ Market on Thursday between 2-6pm from May–October
2. Find the Information Booth (a volunteer will be there to help you with any questions)
3. Pick up a SNAP purchase form
4. Visit the farmers and choose your fruits and vegetables—the farmer will complete the purchase form
5. Return to the Information Booth and pay for your purchases
Maine Harvest Bucks:
For every $10 SNAP dollars you spend on fruits and vegetables, you receive $5 in Maine Harvest Bucks. They can be used like cash at the Market on your next purchase. They do not expire until the end of the market season.
Credit and debit cards are also be accepted at the Information Booth using the same process listed above.
The Maine Harvest Bucks program offers nutrition incentives (bonuses) to shoppers at the Norway Farmers' Market. Last year we called them Bonus Bucks.
With Maine Harvest Bucks, shoppers using SNAP benefits via an EBT card can gain access to healthy, local food and receive bonus fresh fruits and vegetables, stretching limited benefits much further. Increasing the number of people who buy local food contributes to the growth of our local economy, creates community connections, and facilitates healthy eating.
SNAP = Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a federally-funded benefit program specific to the purchase of food
EBT = Electronic Benefit Transfer, the method by which SNAP benefits (and occasionally other funds) are distributed to the individual, similar to a debit card.
The Center for an Ecology-Based Economy is a partner of the Maine Local Foods Access Network (MLFAN), which is a group of nonprofits collaborating to improve low-income access to locally grown food across the state of Maine. Our vision is that everyone in Maine has access to the abundance of food from Maine producers.
Currently, MLFAN’s primary project is to coordinate and expand the Maine Harvest Bucks program, which provides farmers’ markets and other local food market venues, such as food hubs and CSA farms with federal funding to support nutrition incentives for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) shoppers.
In partnership with Wholesome Wave, a national nonprofit working to increase affordable access to fresh, local, and regional food, MLFAN received a federal grant for nutrition incentives, the USDA’s Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant (FINI). FINI funding is intended to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables by low-income residents receiving SNAP benefits.
With Maine Harvest Bucks:
CEBE works with local partners to provide access to programs such as Maine Harvest Bucks and education through SNAP-Ed and 5210 Let's Go! for healthy shopping, cooking, eating and activity. 5210 is a childhood obesity prevention program that promotes eating 5 or more fruits and vegetables a day, 2 hours or less of recreational screen time, 1 hour or more of physical activity, and 0 sugary drinks and more water. Let's Go! is coordinated locally by Carl Costanzi, PhD and is a program of The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center and Let's Go Oxford County is a program of Western Maine Health.
The Maine SNAP-Ed program is designed to help Maine SNAP eligible residents learn how to shop, prepare, cook, and eat healthy food on a tight budget. Through Maine SNAP-Ed, Healthy Oxford Hills offers fun and free classes, workshops and resources for all ages. Maine SNAP-Ed is funded by the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is administered by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and implemented through a contract with the University of New England (UNE). The Healthy Oxford Hills Nutrition Coordinators are Kate Goldberg and Sarah Carter and can be contacted at 207-739-6222 for current programs and events.
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