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Maine Farm Food Access Program (FFAP)
The Maine Farm Food Access Program (FFAP) was developed by Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF), the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets (MFFM).
FFAP helps Maine’s direct-market farms and farmers’ markets purchase a new wireless Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) machine and offers a reimbursement for the associated fees required to process USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) transactions.
The goal of FFAP is to provide more opportunities for individuals and families to purchase local foods with their federal SNAP benefits, and to positively benefit the economy by increasing the number of farms and farmers’ markets in Maine accepting SNAP benefits.
Farms and Farmers' markets interested in applying for FFAP must:
- Meet the Maine definition of "farmers’ market or the USDA definition of "direct-market" farm.
- Apply for a USDA FNS Number to accept SNAP benefits with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. You can:
- A representative with MarketLink can walk you through the application process. We strongly encourage farmers and farmers' markets to pursue this option. Book an appointment with a MarketLink representative.
- If you choose to do it yourself, follow the instructions on MarketLink.
Do not proceed to this section until you have received your USDA FNS Number (see above). There are two different programs that offer free EBT equipment to farmers and farmers’ markets. Please choose the appropriate fit based on the questions below:
- Does your farmers’ market or farm stand have access to a smartphone or smart pad to use for processing SNAP/EBT transactions?
- If yes, does the smartphone or smart pad have good cellular connectivity or wifi access at the location where sales will take place?
Option A - MarketLink: If you answered yes to both of these questions, your best option is to receive your EBT processing equipment via the MarketLink program. Go to MarketLink’s website to learn more and apply today. Note: MarketLink is not affiliated with ME DACF or ME DHHS.
Option B - FFAP: If you answered no to either of those questions, then please fill out the application for the FFAP.
Farms and Farmers’ Markets may apply on a rolling basis for FFAP. Funding is limited and will be available for approved applicants until all funds have been allocated.
For additional information email us at FFAP@maine.gov.
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