Ten Rivers Food Web’s That’s My Farmer SNAP (TMF SNAP) program partners with the Lebanon Downtown Farmers' Market and other markets in
Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties to offer customers receiving SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) added buying power when they purchase fresh, healthy food produced in our community.
Every time customers spend at least $6 at a participating farmers' market using their Oregon Trail card, they receive an additional $6 to spend at the market (provided incentive funds are available). This incentive nourishes local health, communities, and economies.
SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) is a federal nutrition program. The Program's laws and regulations are based on the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 passed by Congress in 2008. In 1974 Congress required all States to offer food benefits to low-income households. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the program.
The intent of the Program is to help improve the health and well being of low-income households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. Contrary to popular belief, SNAP benefits are not meant to meet all of the food needs of a household or an individual, but to supplement their nutritional needs. People do not need to be destitute to qualify for SNAP benefits.
In Oregon, the Program is administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Children, Adults and Families (CAF) Division. The eligibility determination and issuance of benefits are provided through DHS and AAA offices across the state.
Households can use SNAP benefits to buy:
Foods for the household to eat, such as:
-- breads and cereals;
-- fruits and vegetables;
-- meats, fish and poultry; and
-- dairy products.
Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.
Lebanon Downtown Farmers' Market provides SNAP
participants a healthy choice.
Eat local. Live local.