SNAP & Other Programs

If you want to suggest more SNAP or other program resources, email them to farmersmarkets@mt.gov. The links below will automatically open in a new tab in your web browser.

A growing number of farmer's markets accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, and the Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons available to eligible seniors and women with infants. If your market accepts EBT cards, WIC and Senior Nutrition Program coupons, be sure that your market is listed as such on the Abundant Montana directory. Click here for info on EBT in Montana from DPHHS.

SNAP & General Local Food Access

Farmers Market Nutrition Programs

Webinar: Farmers Market Nutrition Programs for Market Managers and Vendors

Women, Infants and Children or Farm Direct Coupons

Also know as WIC, this program provides supplemental foods and education to low-income mothers and infants. Eligible WIC participants receive FMNP coupons in addition to their regular WIC food assistance. Coupons are used to buy fresh, unprocessed, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers, farmers markets and roadside stands that have been approved by the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services.

If you have any questions about the WIC Farm Direct Program contact Glade Roos at (406) 444-2841, groos@mt.gov, or visit dphhs.mt.gov/publichealth/WIC/FarmDirect.

  • How to Do Outreach at WIC Centers: Info from Grow NYC on visiting a WIC Center and doing a cooking demonstration to encourage WIC recipients to use their FMNP and WIC Vegetable & Fruit checks at farmers markets, as well as meet potential EBT customers.

Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program

The Senior Farmer's Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to states and Indian tribal governments to provide coupons that can be used by seniors to buy eligible foods at farmer's markets, roadside stands and community supported agriculture programs. State departments of agriculture, aging, health and tribal governments administering the grants develop partnerships with farmers markets to expand service to seniors and distribute benefits to low-income seniors. Transportation to sites is sometimes available.

For questions or to find out if your market is eligible for SFMNP, contact Jacqueline Stoeckel at jstoeckel@mt.gov or (406)-444-6061. Some information is available online at dphhs.mt.gov/SLTC/aging/nutritionservices.

Double SNAP Dollars

Double SNAP Dollars stretch the value of SNAP benefits so SNAP participants can afford more fruits and vegetables. At the same time, these SNAP dollars support Montana farmers and communities. Visit the Double SNAP Dollars page here on the Farmers Market Portal for more information and resources, or refer to www.doubledollarsmt.com for program details.

Contact Kim Gilchrist, Double SNAP Dollar Program Manager, at kim@missoulacfac.org or (406) 926-1004.

Technical Assistance

For specific questions on accepting SNAP at your market, please contact Tammy Howard at tammyh@ncat.org, or if you have questions on implementing other nutrition or food access programs at your market, please contact Shay Farmer at shay@missoulacfac.org.