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EBT equipment available for farmers’ markets vendors

Equipment used to process SNAP benefits

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2014) — Kentucky farmers’ markets and vendors that currently do not accept SNAP benefits can start doing so by signing up to receive free EBT equipment on Jan. 5 during the 2015 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference.

imagesSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, are issued electronically via Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), which works like a debit card. Equipment is necessary to process a SNAP purchase using the EBT card. Some markets and vendors may qualify for free wireless equipment.

Markets and vendors can sign up for EBT equipment between noon and 7 p.m. in the Keeneland Conference Room on the first floor of the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1801 Newtown Pike in Lexington.

Requirements to sign up:

  • Email address
  • Identification card or document with a photo, such as a driver’s license, military-issued ID, or passport
  • Social Security card or other official document with name and Social Security number; and
  • Copy of a voided check for the bank account that will be used to deposit funds.

A SNAP/EBT workshop will be held from 4:10-5 p.m. in Coldstream Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 at the hotel.

Sign-ups will continue after the workshop. Those interested in signing up can email Sharon Spencer at [email protected].

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