Farmer's markets that have participants in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or the market nutrition program for seniors have until Aug. 16 to apply for funding to obtain wireless services.
The point of sale wireless devices and specified time reimbursements for wireless access would enable farmer's market vendors who are participating in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to conduct electronic transactions. In Wisconsin, that program is known as FoodShare.
Wisconsin's Department of Health Services has received funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service to support this program. This is part of a national effort to increase participation in SNAP by farmer's markets.
To receive an application, call Rachel Wiffhoft (608) 266-0261 or send an e-mail to DHSFarmersMarket@wisconsin.gov.
Any farmer's market which obtained funding for a wireless point of sale during the summer 2012 or spring 2013 round of grants is not eligible to apply for the new round of grants.
Farmer's markets which do not have authorization to take part in SNAP are invited to apply no later than Aug. 21 by calling 877-823-4369 or visiting the http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap