SNAP and Healthy Bucks
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the new and improved “food stamps” program. It was actual stamps until 2002, when it was switched to debit cards for greater flexibility. SNAP provides financial support to in-need families with their food budget. Typically, many of the people on SNAP are supporting families, and many of them are working. The Johns Island Farmers Market is a wonderful avenue for obtaining healthy ‘local’ produce for all people in the Charleston area.
Johns Island Farmers Market welcomes SNAP/EBT users. Swipe your EBT card at our INFO booth and receive money as tokens to be used at any vendor that sells allowed food products. We also offer the Healthy Bucks program. Healthy Bucks is a matching program that will match your first $5.00 and give another $5.00 free, so that is $10.00 free with every visit to the market. Visit the market each Saturday, and you will receive $40 FREE per month for fresh produce! Healthy Bucks Tokens are Yellow and can only be used on Fruits and Vegetables while SNAP Tokens are Wooden. See the diagram below for the types of foods that can be purchased with our Wooden SNAP Tokens. If you don’t use all of the Tokens on one Saturday then bring them back next time. Tokens do not expire.
See below for more information and learn more how SNAP at Johns Island Farmers Market works.
How to use your SNAP benefits at the Market
THE SNAP CARDHOLDER MUST BE PRESENT TO USE THEIR CARD
Find the Johns Island Farmers Market SNAP/INFO Booth in the middle of the market and let us know that you would like to use your SNAP card.
A JIFM employee will ask how much money you would like to get in Tokens to spend at the Market. If you get at least $5.00 in SNAP tokens then you’ll get $10.00 FREE in Healthy Bucks once at every market!
A JIFM employee will then swipe your card and give you SNAP and Healthy Bucks tokens to spend at the Market.
Use your tokens like money at any food vendor to purchase fruits, vegetables, eggs, breads, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, seeds and plants that produce food. It’s that easy!
We look forward to seeing you at the market on a Saturday in the near future!