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?
The Dane County Farmers' Market has adapted market operations due to COVID-19. In place of an open air market, the DCFM is hosting Local Food Pick Ups on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. Patrons pre-order products from as many participating vendors as they desire on our WhatsGood online farmers' market store. Then patrons drive-thru during the pick up and our farmers contactlessly place their orders in their vehicles. Pedestrian and bicycle pick ups are also allowed. Here's how to place and pay for your local food order with your EBT benefits:
- Create an account on WhatsGood. Download the WhatsGood app or create
an account at sourcewhatsgood.com.
- Email email@example.com with the first name, last name, and email associated with your WhatsGood account and let us know that you are a SNAP/EBT customer. We then work with you to label your account as SNAP eligible.
- Find the Dane County Farmers’ Market online store under ‘Markets’ once you are logged in. Click ‘Start Shopping from this Market’ and select your pick up date. (Note you can browse products, but you cannot purchase outside the store hours.)
- Add your desired items to your cart and at check out click 'Pay Later with SNAP'. Note: you must only select ‘Pay Later with SNAP’ at checkout for SNAP eligible products. You must add a credit card or debit card number to your payment methods to pay for non-SNAP eligible items via a separate transaction.
- When you arrive to the Pick Up, you will drive up to the starred EBT booth (shown on map) and swipe your card for the balance of your orders. Afterward, drive thru the pick up to pick up your orders!
What can I buy with my Quest card?
You can spend your EBT benefits on any edible items on the DCFM online store on WhatsGood. SNAP eligible products include bakery goods, fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy products, edible plant seedlings, pickles, jams, and more. SNAP/EBT cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like cut flowers, hemp products, soaps, and yarn).
The Double Dollars matching program will run July 1st, 2020 thru August 31st, 2020.
The program may be extended thru September based on funding and customer demand.
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.
We have adjusted our market operations in response to COVID-19. Patrons can pre-order via our DCFM online farmers' market store on WhatsGood. How many Double Dollars a patron will be 'issued' at the pick up depend on how much in SNAP-eligible products they purchased. Here are some reminders:
- SNAP users should only click 'Pay Later with SNAP' for SNAP eligible products. If a SNAP user wants to also purchase non-SNAP eligible items, they should complete a separate transaction and pay with a credit or debit card.
- SNAP users will be matched $1 for $1 up to $25 per day. So if a SNAP User purchases $10 in goods on our online farmers' market store, $5 will be deducted from their Quest card and $5 will be the Double Dollars match. If a patron orders $50 in goods from our online farmers' market store, $25 will be deducted from their Quest card and $25 will be the Double Dollars match. If the patron purchases $70 in goods from our store, $25 will still be the Double Dollars match (as that is the max) and $45 will be deducted from the Quest card.
- The above numbers are examples and patrons can purchase any amount of goods that they have a balance for on their Quest Card.
Double Dollars can only be used on any SNAP eligible products - just like EBT.
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), text FOODSHARE to 555888, or visit GetAQuestCard.org.