EBT/SNAP Benefits

A farmer's market is a great place to buy fresh, local, and healthy food. To make this food more affordable, the Town of Weymouth has partnered with the Weymouth Food Pantry to increase the market's capacity to accept SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps.

In 2016, the farmer's market helped families in need purchase $5,075 in fresh food and food products. Nearly 50 percent of this food was purchased using “match” dollars generously funded the by the Joy in Childhood Foundation, formerly the Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation. 

Farm to Family Program

The Farm to Family program provides "match" dollars up to $20 a day to SNAP shoppers and Weymouth Food Pantry clients for the purchase of fresh food and food products at the farmer's market. Families participate in the Farm to Family program by swiping their EBT card or, if they are a Food Pantry client, their debit card at our Market Bucks table in exchange for wooden tokens. These tokens act as cash at the market. Shoppers with an EBT card or a Food Pantry client ID card will receive tokens equal to twice the value withdrawn from their card (up to an additional $20). For example, when a SNAP shopper swipes his EBT card for $10, he receives $20 in tokens to buy food or food products. Food Pantry clients receive the same "match" benefit. Tokens never expire, so shoppers can keep what they do not use for more shopping later.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a federal program that supports people in need with a monthly allowance to buy food and food products. Participants receive an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to buy food as if they were using a debit card.

A study of the Fair Food Network’s Double Up Food Bucks Program in Michigan found that 93% of participating SNAP customers at farmers markets reported eating more fruits and vegetables, including more varieties. In addition, 83% reported buying fewer high-fat, low-nutritious snacks.