FoodShare is Wisconsin’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the federal program formerly known as food stamps. FoodShare participants have a Quest card, also known as an EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer) that works similarly to a debit card. The farmers’ market has a machine at the EBT booth that can do an EBT transaction.
Take your Quest card to the information booth and ask to do an EBT transaction. The market has an EBT card reader where you will swipe your card and enter your PIN. You can decide how much you want to withdraw from your account, and the market staff will give you market dollars in exchange. The Info Booth for the Saturday Market. The Info Booth for the Wednesday Market is across from the entrance to the Merrill Farmers Market and is open from 10:30am to 1pm.
You can spend your market dollars at any vendor’s booth selling bakery, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products, edible plant seedlings, pickles, jams, and more. Market dollars cannot be used to buy nonfood items (like flowers or wreaths) or hot foods (like those served at food carts).
If you don’t have FoodShare benefits but think you may qualify, you can apply online at https://access.wisconsin.gov/. For FoodShare application assistance, call 877-FOOD-365 (877-366-3635) or visit GetAQuestCard.org
For more information, you can visit www.cacscw.org/EBT.php or contact Erica Anderson, Food Security Specialist at Community Action Coalition, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 246-4730 ext. 208.