Beaumont Farmers Market Begins Accepting Funds from Food Vendor Supplemental Nutrition Program

On Saturday, the Beaumont Farmers Market will officially begin accepting cards from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

The Beaumont Farmers Market began accepting food vendor SNAP cards as part of a trial run during the last two markets.

Rebekah Maxwell, manager of Beaumont Farmers Market, said the farmers’ market has been open for 10 years and has worked for the past two years to be able to accept SNAP.

“We filed an application with the U.S. Department of Agriculture last year, which was approved, and then we got a grant for the equipment to process snapcards,” Maxwell said. “We got the grants back in the summer of last year and then because of all the supply chain issues, it took us several months to get that equipment.”

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Now that it has the equipment to process SNAP cards, Maxwell said the Beaumont Farmers Market works as an intermediate solution with suppliers and customers.

“A customer can come in and use their SNAP card at our information table and get coupons to use at our suppliers,” Maxwell said. “We have approved vendors in the market. It should be limited to food that you eat and so things like fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, beef, chicken, pork – all those great things.”

Maxwell said this helps customers ensure they are getting healthy, locally grown and crafted food, as all suppliers are within 150 miles of Beaumont.

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“It will help the community by enabling people who use stamps to buy locally grown produce and locally made items (as there are) the opportunity for greater access to organic foods, grass-fed beef, locally grown chicken and pork, said Maxwell. † “There is some research and an argument that locally grown food is better for the environment, better for individuals and families because of its nutritional value.”

In addition, the market has hired an employee to assist with SNAP and is fluent in English and Spanish.

“Anyone who uses SNAP can come to use it,” Maxwell said. “But if anyone is hesitant or not completely sure, we now also have a bilingual employee who will help us translate some things.”

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