On June 25th the Kansas City Beans and Greens program launched its partnership program with five local area farmers’ markets to encourage shoppers that participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards or coupons to purchase locally grown, healthy vegetables and fruits. The goal of this program is to make healthy, locally grown food more accessible and affordable to persons receiving food assistance.
Formerly known as Food Stamps, the Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards (EBTs) are called Quest Cards in Missouri and Vision Cards in Kansas. Participating markets will accept the SNAP debit card and the SFMNP voucher and provide a dollar-for-dollar match for every food assistance dollar spent on locally grown produce at the participating markets. In addition, each market will offer cooking demonstrations, recipes, giveaways, and other nutrition education activities for families to help them understand the importance of eating locally grown produce and how to easily prepare it.
Currently, six local farmers’ markets in Wyandotte and Jackson counties are participating in the Kansas City Beans and Greens program and more markets will be added in the coming years. Participating markets include: Troostwood Youth Garden Market, located at 51st and Paseo; City Market, located at 5th and Delaware; the Independence Farmers Market, located at the corner of Truman Road and Liberty; the KCK Greenmarket, located at 6th and Tauromee; the second KCK Greenmarket, located at the Third Street Church of God parking lot at 3rd and Richmond; and the Rosedale Farmers Market, located at 340 Southwest Blvd.
Subscribers to the SNAP program can swipe their cards at the market’s information booth for their desired dollar amount and, in exchange, receive that amount in tokens for transactions with farmers at the market. In addition, the Beans and Greens program will match the amount charged against the SNAP subscriber’s EBT card, up to a maximum of $30 per week, to encourage shopping at the local markets for fresh locally grown produce.
Eligible items under SNAP include fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, vegetable plants and potted herbs.
For information regarding application for food stamp benefits, call 1-800-221-5689 or visit: http://www.dss.mo.gov/fsd/fstamp/ in Missouri or http://www.srskansas.org/ISD/ees/food_stamps.htm \in Kansas.
As the SFMNP program is only available in Kansas this year, seniors enrolled in this program can use their SFMNP coupons at the KCK Greenmarkets and The Rosedale Farmers’ Market and receive the matching benefit from Beans and Greens. For information on applying for the Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutritional Program, call The Kansas Department of Aging at (785) 296-1324 or visit http://www.agingkansas.org.