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Altadena Farmers’ Market Now Accepting EBT and Market Match

Any food item at the market can be purchased with Electronic Benefit Transfer except foods intended for on-site consumption, the Altadena Farmers’ Market shared via facebook.

The Altadena Farmers’ Market will start accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) and Market Match starting Wednesday, the market announced on its facebook page Saturday.

Here are the details:

Starting this Wednesday, January 23, any CalFresh participant can use their EBT card to shop at the Altadena Farmers' Market. Here’s how it works: EBT cardholders transfer their food benefits into Altadena Farmers’ Market EBT scrip in any dollar amount of their choosing. That scrip can then be used to shop the farmers' market for eligible products with any farmers’ market vendor.

In addition, Market Match will double dollars spent at the market, up to $10, for any CalFresh, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) participant. Special guest Frank Tamborello from Hunger Action Los Angeles will be with us to help administer Market Match on our first day.

All EBT and Market Match transactions will take place at the information booth at the front of the market.

The market added that any food item at the market can be purchased with EBT except for foods intended for on-site consumption, mainly hot foods. Seeds and plants for growing food are also eligible in the program.

Market Match dollars can be used to purchase only fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts.

The Altadena Farmers' Market is held Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. at Loma Alta Park.

What do you think of the Altadena Farmers’ Market now accepting EBT and Market Match? Will this affect how much you shop at the Altadena Farmers' Market?

Ivan G January 23, 2013 at 06:20 AM
I hope that this will prompt some aid recipients to shop at the Farmers Market.
Alison Johnson January 23, 2013 at 07:58 PM
WOW! This is a GREAT program-- just the sort of thing I have been hoping for. Someone should put the word out on a flyer at the Pasadena Public Health Dept and the low-income medical clinics around town (Bill Moore Clinic, ChapCare's 3 locations) to advertise this opportunity to a large segment of those who can benefit from this plan.

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