About the Farmers Market EBT Program
The Farmers Market EBT Program assisted six Hawai‘i Island Farmers Markets to get set up to accept EBT at their markets. This program increases access to fresh, affordable, locally grown food for people who receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits.
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Announcing: EBT Double Dollar Days!
On December 22 and 23, 2012, eight Hawai‘i Island farmers markets will hold EBT Double Dollar Days, during which SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly called food stamps) recipients can use their EBT cards to receive double the amount of their food purchases.
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EBT Double Dollar Days will be held on Saturday, December 22, at the Hilo Coffee Mill Farmers Market in Mountain View, Hilo Farmers Market and Kino‘ole Farmers Market in Hilo, Keauhou Farmers Market in Kona, Hāwī Farmers Market in North Kohala, and S.P.A.C.E. Farmers Market in Puna. Maku‘u Farmers Market in Puna and Volcano Farmers Market will hold EBT Double Dollar Days on Sunday, December 23.
Each market will have a limited supply of Double Dollars to give out, so EBT shoppers are encouraged to get to participating markets early. On the EBT Double Dollar Days, EBT participants can visit EBT booths at island farmers markets and receive food bucks or a receipt for double the amount of their original purchase. For example, EBT participants can purchase $20 worth of eligible goods for $10 of EBT funds. The maximum per customer is 20 extra dollars. Thus, $40 worth of eligible goods may be purchased for $20 of EBT funds.
EBT Double Dollar Days is made possible by Kaiser Permanente, The Kohala Center, the Ulupono Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, and the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program.