The Desert Farming Initiative’s involvement with SNAP

In 2020 DFI began partnering with UNR Extension on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). The goal of SNAP-Ed in Nevada is to improve nutritional well-being by empowering SNAP recipients to make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose active lifestyles.

As a first step, DFI became authorized to accept SNAP in 2020 and has been selling fresh produce to local SNAP recipients at the market ever since. We have personally been through the process of becoming SNAP authorized, choosing a POS device, and even changing the personnel authorized with the account.

Another component of our SNAP-Ed work has been, and continues to be, helping local markets with many components of SNAP including the authorization process, attracting and retaining SNAP customers, developing EBT processing models, providing SNAP materials such as signage and informational pamphlets, and marketing.

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Since 2020, we have developed a broad base of experience and knowledge and strive to translate that knowledge for the use and benefit of other local vendors and markets that are interested in accepting SNAP.

Miller, A., Moe, J. 2022, SNAP Guide for Nevada Farmers Markets and Direct Marketing Farmers, Desert Farming Initiative, University of Nevada, Reno, Guides

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