Farmers Market now accepting SNAP cards

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The Pagosa Farmers Market will run from June 20 through Sept. 19, and the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is excited to announce that the Farmers Market, in partnership with Southwest Organization for Sustainability (SOS), is accepting SNAP cards.

What is SNAP, you ask? It stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It is the new name for the federal food stamp program, which helps low-income individuals and families buy the food they need for good health.

Here’s how it works:

If you meet the program guidelines, you will get a special debit card (called an EBT card). This debit card comes with a certain amount of money already on it to pay for food. The amount of money you get on the card may depend on three things:

• Household income from all sources (earned and unearned) such as money you get from a job, Social Security, SSI or interest.

• How many people live in your household.

• Where you live.

It works just like a regular debit card. You can buy fresh fruit and vegetables at the Farmers Market and the cost is taken out of the total amount on the card. More money is put on your debit card on a monthly basis.

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