JEFFERSON CO., N.Y. — Farmers interested in participating in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) this market season are invited to attend group webinar-viewing sessions at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County.
“Enrolling in SNAP: is it the right move for you?”
The SNAP program (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) holds potential for farmers to increase their customer base and their farm revenues. This workshop will focus on enrolling SNAP for farmers and farmers markets: why you should participate, what USDA is offering to encourage participation, and how you can apply to be a farmer SNAP retailer.
“Operating SNAP at a NY Farmers Market”
Farmers Markets all across NYS have stepped up to operate a SNAP program in the markets, bringing new customers to the market and adding revenue to their farmers. This system operates on a central terminal system with one terminal in the market and tokens used as SNAP currency. This workshop will provide key information on operating the central terminal system and tokens in the marketplace. Learn what your rights and responsibilities are, what NYS can provide to help you with your program and some basic promotions for your SNAP program.
This is a mandatory training for all markets new to the program and have not taken a previous training. It can also serve as a refresher for others.
Webinars are free and last 1-1.5 hours. The presentation is delivered via an online application called WebEx and the audio is available only through the phone. There are two types of webinars:
1. Enrolling in SNAP
2. Operating SNAP at a NY Farmers Market
Enrolling in SNAP Dates and Times
Thursday, February 16, 2017 12 Noon – 1:00pm
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Operating SNAP at a NY Farmers Market Dates and Times
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30pm
Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 PM – 1:30PM
If you would like to view the webinar from your home here is a link to other dates they will be hosted http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/enrolling-in-snap/
If you would like to attend a webinar-viewing session please RSVP to Kaitlyn Lawrence by February 13th at 315-788-8450 or firstname.lastname@example.org Our office is located at 203 North Hamilton Street Watertown, NY 13601.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension Jefferson County
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