The Department of Transitional Assistance, (DTA), Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR), USDA and our community partners will be holding several sign up events so farmers and farmers market managers can easily get their farm or market ready to accept SNAP (formerly food stamps) benefits. At these drop-in information sessions you can get your farm, farm stand or farmers’ market authorized for SNAP and receive your USDA FNS number the very same day! USDA staff will be on site to walk you through the process and assist with your application. You will also learn about equipment options and about processing SNAP and the new Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) benefit. NOTE: Registration for the conferences is not required if you wish to only attend the retailer sign-up events.
DTA, DAR and USDA staff will be available at the following events:
1. Northeast Harvest Meeting: Thursday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Topsfield Fairgrounds, 207 Boston St, Topsfield MA 01983
2. CISA/Northampton Senior Center, Wednesday, April 26, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, 67 Conz Street, Northampton
3. Taunton YMCA, Thursday, April 27, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, 71 Cohannet St., Taunton, MA
4. Mass Farmers Markets Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, 240 Beaver Street, Waltham Read more →