EBT, Senior and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coupons
EBT/Food stamps/Quest cards/SNAP
It's easy to use your Electronic Transfer Benefits (EBT) card to buy fresh, healthy produce and other foods at the Farmers Markets. To use your benefits at any of our Farmers Markets, simply go to the Market information booth, tell the staff how much money you would like to spend, and they will swipe your EBT card for the amount you request. You will then be given tokens for the amount to buy fresh produce and other foods at the Market. The tokens never expire and can be used at all 7 of our farmers markets. Hundreds of EBT users around Seattle use their benefits at a Farmers Market each week to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. (Note that you cannot use your EBT tokens to buy flowers or other non-food items or ready-to-eat/take-out food.) [For information on applying for EBT benefits call 1.877.501.2233 or click here for a link to information.]
WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (WIC FMNP)
WIC FMNP checks are specifically for purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at Farmers Markets. You can use your WIC FMNP checks at any of our farmers markets to buy fresh fruits and vegetables (note that no cash change is given - you have to spend the entire amount of the check). You must be already participating in the WIC program to be eligible for the WIC FMNP checks. For more information about WIC FMNP, please call 1-800-841-1410.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Coupons (Senior FMNP)
Applications are currently available from the Seattle/King County Office of Aging and Disability Services:
and are due by May 31st. For more information, please call Senior Information and Services at 206-448-3110.
To be eligible, you must be 60 or older and have an annual income below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. You can use your Senior FMNP coupons at any of our Farmers Markets to buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Use the coupons like cash (however, no cash change can be given - you have to spend the entire amount of the coupon).
WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs are sponsored by the US Dept of Agriculture; the WA State Dept of Health, Community Wellness and Prevention; and the WA State Dept of Social and Health Services, Aging and Disability Services Administration.
In 2012, the City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment partnered with the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance to offer FREE Fresh Bucks to EBT users who shop at our farmers markets. The Fresh Bucks program provided up to a $10 bonus match (for a minimum of $10 of EBT benefits redeemed) at our seven Seattle-area Farmers Markets. We hope to launch a similar program in 2013 - details will be available in early summer.
We secured funding for our Fresh Bucks EBT Bonus program via a grant from JPMorgan Chase and the Seattle Foundation, with additional funding provided by the WSDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.
The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment develops and promotes innovative urban sustainability policies and initiatives that address environmental challenges for the City of Seattle.