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July 14, 2008   Email to Friend 

EBT PILOT PROGRAM LAUNCHED AT FARMERS MARKETS
Brooke Thorington
(334) 242-2618
July 14, 2008

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- The Alabama Farmers Market Authority (AFMA) announced last week that it has launched a pilot program to allow food stamp recipients to use EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards at three farmers markets in Alabama -- East Lake, Macon County and Selma.

According to AFMA Director Don Wambles, the authority assisted farmers with getting certified as food stamp vendors thru the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food & Nutrition Service.

"We are extremely pleased to be able offer the acceptance of Food Stamp/EBT cards at these three Alabama farmers markets," said Wambles. "The EBT process is familiar to food stamp recipients, and they can enjoy and receive all the healthy benefits locally grown fruits and vegetables offer. . . . The use of wireless terminals by farmers at these three farmers markets opens the door for EBT recipients to shop and experience the wonders of their local farmers market."

The EBT pilot program will continue until the end of the market season, and Wambles said he anticipates expanding the EBT program statewide in the future.

Operating hours and locations of the three markets with participating Food Stamp vendors are:

-- East Lake Farmers Market, East Lake United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon.

-- Macon County Farmers Market, Intersection of Elm and Spring Streets, Tuskegee, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., May through September; 9 a.m.-noon, October through March.

-- Selma Farmers Market, Bloch Park, Dallas Avenue, Selma, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.


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