SNAP accepted at the Market
2018 PARTICIPATING MARKETS
This program is currently available at Chattanooga Market and the Erlanger Market
We will once again be accepting SNAP benefits for eligible food items at select markets. We are also proud to be working with the AARP Foundation to offer Fre$h Savings tokens as well. Through this program customers that purchase SNAP tokens using their EBT card will be able to get an equal number of Fre$h Savings tokens, essentially doubling their purchasing power. There are several important distinctions between the two, as outlined below.
SNAP TOKEN PROGRAM
Eligible Food Items include;
- Foods for the household to eat, such as:
- breads and cereals;
- fruits and vegetables;
- meats, fish and poultry; and
- dairy products.
- Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat
Items that are not eligible:
- Beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco
- Any nonfood items, such as:
- pet foods
- soaps, paper products
- household supplies
- Vitamins and medicines
- Food that will be eaten in the store
- Hot foods
So in essence any packaged food item can be purchased under the program, but concession items that are prepared to be eaten onsite are not eligible.
SNAP tokens do not expire – if a customer still has tokens at the end of the year they will be eligible for use next season.
FRE$H SAVINGS PROGRAM
Fre$h Savings tokens can only be used to purchase fresh produce. However the program can benefit all food vendors that are eligible to accept SNAP purchases. If a customer had been planning to use their SNAP benefit to purchase produce, they now have extra spending power to purchase packaged food items as well.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Customers will be able to purchase tokens from the front desk using their EBT cards. All tokens at our market are worth $1. Vendors can accept tokens just as they would cash, except that no change should ever be given to a customer. If needed, the total charge can be rounded. “No Change Given” is written in large letters on each token.
At the end of the day you can bring all tokens you have received to the front desk and they can be immediately redeemed for cash. Please do not hold onto tokens for several weeks and turn them in all at once. As part of the program it is highly important that we have accurate reporting of daily sales.
Tokens received should be included when calculating total daily sales.
What do the tokens look like?
$1 SNAP tokens
$1 Fre$h Savings tokens
WHY ACCEPT SNAP TOKENS?
By accepting SNAP tokens we will be able to better serve a community that may have little access to fresh, local produce and food items. It will also benefit our vendors by creating a brand new customer base to purchase your products at the market.