Food Assistance Programs

Vendor Payment Poster

For use at invidividual vendor stands at participating farmers' market locations. Should be printed on 8.5''x14'' paper and laminated for use with wipe off markers or clips to market forms of payment accepted.

Market managers recommend all vendors post in similar, high-visible locations on their tent (i.e., all vendors post on right side of tent flap during market hours).

Demonstrating Impact: Packaging Results of Produce Perks

Presentation by Erika Meschkat of FPC at Wholesome Wave's 2013 National Partners Convening in Washington, D.C.

Strapped for time to read a full-length report on the program? We've got some summarized impacts from 2013 in this Snapshot. 

2014 Produce Perks application

Calling all Cuyahoga County farmers' markets! Interested in participating in Produce Perks this 2014 markets season (May 01, 2014-April 20, 2015)? Please download and fill out this fillable pdf application and send it back to us at the Coalition (meschkat [dot] 1 [at] osu [dot] edu) by Friday March 21, 2014 5pm.

Call 216-429-8200 x212 for any questions concerning the program and application process! 

Webinar: Accepting SNAP/food stamps as a farmer or market manager

February 18, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

If you are a farmers’ markets or direct marketing farmer who is interested in accepting SNAP/EBT benefits here is your opportunity to learn more.  Join us for a 1 hour webinar on Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014.  The webinar will share information about best practices for accepting SNAP, utilizing Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) resources and available funding. 

Agenda:... Read more »

2012 Produce Perks transit posters

Over the course of Summer and Fall of 2012, FPC contracted 40 RTA buses on Cleveland east and west side routes to display posters directing customers to the nearest Produce Perks farmers' markets.

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

2012 Produce Perks Report released!

The Produce Perks Market Report provides a full scope of the program from May 2012 (2012 program launch) to January 2013 (near the closing of the program in April 2013). Several markets continue to participate in the program throughout the winter and distribute Produce Perks up until the end of April 2013.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition

EBT Training for Farmers' Markets

February 11, 2013 - 9:30am - 12:30pm
CanalWay Center
4524 East 49th Street
Cuyahoga Heights 44105

This training will focus on accepting Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) for food assistance cards at farmers’ markets.

Topics will include:

  • EBT acceptance process
  • Products that can be accepted
  • Cooperative business structure
  • Best practices for utilizing EBT to increase your market’s profitability
  • Funding opportunities


Farmers’ market managers, vendors, and community leaders are encouraged to attend.

No cost! Registration is requested.... Read more »

Working Group(s): 
Health & Nutrition