Monday, May 10, 2010

EBT and Debit Tokens

Since the Market is open, and the EBT/Debit machine seems to be working, here are some guidelines for shoppers.

$1 Tokens (green) are for EBT ONLY. There no minimum amount & no transaction fee.
  • Food stamp recipients can purchase $1 tokens using their EBT card. This can be done at the Market Master tent.

  • $1 tokens are good for most food items: fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats, seeds, baked goods to be taken home, and plants intended for growing food.

  • $1 tokens are NOT good for: non-food items, ready-to-eat foods, hot foods.

  • By law, change may not be given for purchases with $1 tokens. Where possible vendors and consumers are encouraged to make up the difference in product to bring the purchase total to a whole dollar value.

  • Any unused $1 tokens can be used at the market on subsequent market days throughout the 2010 season.

  • $1 Tokens should never be given as change because this compromises our ability to accept EBT transactions.

  • For more information about EBT programs at farmers’ markets, contact the Missouri Department of Agriculture at (573) 526-4984.

$5 Tokens (red) are for debit cards only.

  • Customers can purchase $5 tokens using their debit card. A 50¢ fee will be assessed to help support the token program by offsetting card processing costs.

  • There are no restrictions on what can be purchased with the $5 token. Cash change is given for purchases.

  • Unused $5 tokens can be used at any subsequent market day during the 2010 season.

If you'd like to share the information, please do so. We want as many people as possible to use this new option at the Market.

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