Alternative Currencies for farm & Market sales
Accepting alternative forms of currency such as the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can bring a new and dedicated customer base to your farm or market. Direct-marketing farmers and farmers markets are in a unique position to offer affordable, locally-produced food to rural and low-income families, and this workshop will provide all the information you need for becoming SNAP-authorized, participating in incentive programs such as Fresh Access Bucks, and becoming approved to accept FMNP vouchers, as well as examples from the field.
Xanna Prentice is a University of Florida graduate who has been working in Education and Outreach at Florida Organic Growers for three years. As the coordinator of the Local Food Security Project, she manages the SNAP/EBT booth at three Alachua County farmers markets and works to improve local food systems within the Gainesville community. Over the last year she has worked simultaneously as SNAP Technical Support for the statewide incentive program Fresh Access Bucks, providing support to markets and farmers throughout Florida as they navigate the world of SNAP-authorization, EBT machine technical issues, and outreach to SNAP customers.
Kelly Warren is the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program Coordinator for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS). She is responsible for recruiting farmers and markets, training, technical assistance, coordination and monitoring of the program. She works in coordination with the Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Elder Affairs, participating farmers markets and farmers to meet program goals. Kelly has been with FDACS for 6 years and worked in USDA foods for National School Lunch Programs as well as household programs and served as the State Coordinator for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). She has spent the last 2 years working as a program analyst specializing in USDA foods programs. She has served on the planning board of the American Commodity Distribution Association (ACDA) and a graduate of the University of Florida. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and children attending collegiate sporting events and is an avid Disney enthusiast.Coming soon...