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Funding in WI to increase SNAP participation in farmers’ markets-Apply by Feb. 26

The Department of Health Services (DHS) is pleased to announce that Wisconsin has received funding from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) as part of a nationwide effort to increase farmers’ market participation in SNAP, also known as FoodShare in Wisconsin.
At the link below, you will find a memo with details on this funding opportunity as well as an application of interest. DHS is asking farmers’ markets and direct-marketing farmers interested in this funding to complete this application and submit it to DHSFarmersMarket@wisconsin.gov no later than February 26, 2016.
Interested farmers’ markets and direct-marketing farmers that do not currently have SNAP authorization must also begin the process of applying for SNAP authorization no later than March 4, 2016.
To apply for SNAP authorization, please visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailers-0 or call (877) 823-4369.

NOTE: If you were previously a recipient of funding for a wireless point-of-sale (POS) device, your market is not eligible to participate in this funding opportunity.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Vieira at DHSFarmersMarket@wisconsin.gov or (608) 261-7832.
We look forward to working with you to support local business and promote healthy foods in Wisconsin.