The Dane County Farmers’ Market is proud to participate in the EBT/FoodShare program. Good nutrition is important for all of us, regardless of age, income level, or circumstance. And there is no better way to good nutrition and good health than through locally-grown and raised, natural products.
What is FoodShare?
FoodShare is Wisconsin’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal program formerly known as food stamps. FoodShare participants have a Quest card, also known as an EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer) that works similarly to a debit card. The farmers’ market has a machine at the Info Booth that can do an EBT transaction.
How does it work?
Take your Quest card to the Info Booth and ask to do an EBT transaction. The market has an EBT card reader where you will swipe your card and enter your PIN. You can decide how much you want to withdraw from your account, and the market staff will give you market dollars in exchange.
The Info Booth for the Saturday Market is on the top of State St. and is open from 7am to 1pm. The Info Booth for the Wednesday Market is across from the entrance to the Madison Municipal Building and is open from 10:30am to 1pm. In addition, EBT services are available at both Winter Markets.
What can I buy with the market dollars?
You can spend your market dollars at any vendor’s booth selling bakery, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, edible plant seedlings, pickles, jams, and more. Market dollars cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like flowers or wreaths) or hot foods (like those served at food carts).
How do I get FoodShare benefits?
If you don’t have FoodShare benefits but think you may qualify, you can apply online at https://access.wisconsin.gov/. For FoodShare application assistance, call 877-FOOD-365 (877-366-3635) or visit GetAQuestCard.org.
How can I find out more?
How can I volunteer at the EBT booth?
Contact Alma Horlock at Community Action Coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 246-4730 ext. 208. Community Action Coalition is always recruiting more volunteers to run the EBT booth on Saturdays!
The Double Dollars matching program will end on September 15, 2019.
**Due to lack of funding, the Double Dollars will end in September**
The Markets will stop issuing the Double Dollars on September 15, 2019. If you are a patron and you have Double Dollars, you may continue to spend them thru the end of December 2019.
Madison Area Farmers’ Market Double Dollars is a program for SNAP/FoodShare users. The program offers a dollar for dollar match for all SNAP transactions up to $25 per market day.
In order to receive Double Dollars, SNAP/FoodShare users bring their Quest EBT card to the farmers’ market EBT or information booth. The shopper decides how much they would like to withdraw from their account, then receives market money and Double Dollars that are each worth $1. Every shopper gets a dollar-for-dollar match up to $25, doubling what they withdraw.
The market money and Double Dollars can be spent at any vendor’s stand selling SNAP-eligible products. This includes bakery, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, and seeds and plants to grow food. Market money and Double Dollars cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like flowers or wreaths) or hot foods (like those served at food carts).
For a list of participating farmers’ markets, or for more information, please check out Community Action Coalition’s website http://www.cacscw.org/double-d...or contact Lindsey Karls, email@example.com, (608) 246-4730 ext 207.