Southern Illinois Link Hub
Food Works helps administer the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at farmers markets in Southern Illinois, and was the first to pilot a double value incentive program that provides a $1-for-$1 match, up to $25 per swipe, on all SNAP purchases at the market. Food Works currently offers area farmers markets through the Southern Illinois Link Hub:
• Free technical assistance for application process and program implementation
• SNAP Support Stipends for a SNAP Coordinator
• Matching funds for Link Match Coupons
Applying to accept SNAP benefits is easier than ever with technical assistance from Food Works. We can help markets apply for an FNS number with the USDA, free equipment, and waived transaction fees. We also can provide resources and training for record keeping, marketing, and volunteer coordination. Markets can access SNAP Support Stipends as compensation for added labor and marketing expenses associated with operating the program.
To help low income families stretch their food dollars further, farmers' markets can also access funding to operate a Link Match double coupon program. The Link Match program gives shoppers a $1-for-$1 match, up to $25 per swipe (with unlimited swipes), for their SNAP transactions with coupons to use on fresh fruits and vegetables. This program has been shown to increase SNAP sales at markets, and increase the bottom line for farmers. Accepting SNAP at a farmers market is a win-win-win for:
• low income families who can buy fresh local fruits and vegetables;
• farmers who can access a new customer base for produce sales;
• the overall health of the community.
Food Works has partnered with Experimental Station to be the Southern Illinois Link Hub and to offer SNAP Support Grants and funding for the Link Match program to the following farmers markets throughout southern Illinois:
Benton Farmers Market
Thursdays 3-6pm, May-October, Benton City Park, 414 W Hudelson St, Benton, IL 6281Carbondale Community Farmers Market (winter)
Saturdays 10am-1pm Dec-March, 1237 E Main St, Carbondale IL 62901Du Quoin State Fair Farmers Market
Tuesdays 3-6pm, June 8th-August 8th, The Cattle Barns, 655 Executive Dr, Du Quoin, IL 62832Elverado Farmers Market
Fridays 3-6pm, June-October, Corner of Coal Road and Rte 51 South, Elkville, IL 62932Humpday Farmers Market
Wednesdays 3-6pm, April-October, 2421 W Main St, Carbondale, IL 62901LEAF Food Hub
On-line, all year long (ordering: Fridays 12pm-Tuesdays 8pm, pickup/delivery Thur afternoons)Marion Farmers Market
Saturdays 6am-12pm, April-November, 507 W Main St, Marion, IL 62959F.R.E.S.H. Farmers Market
Thursdays 8:30am-1pm, July-October, East Side Health District, 638 N 20th St, East St Louis, IL 62205Vine Street Market at O'Fallon Station
Saturdays 8am-12pm, May-October, 212 E 1st St, O'Fallon, IL 62269
And we will be working with other markets throughout Southern Illinois to support them with the process.
If you are interested in learning more about these and other opportunities for your market, please complete the contact form on this page and we can set up a time to discuss details. We look forward to the opportunity to work together to help Southern Illinois shop healthy!
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