Folks, I hate to deliver bad news this early in the morning but our market has a serious problem. If you bear with me through this lengthy explanation I'll make sure there's some adorable dog memes at the end of this post. 😛🐶
As many of you know, our market is proud to accept SNAP/EBT. Our Double Dollars program for SNAP purchases is one of our market's critical features that hundreds of borough residents make good use of every year. Unfortunately, our market's ability to process SNAP/EBT transactions is in jeopardy.
Currently, our market uses an app called MobileMarket+ to process SNAP/EBT transactions. And we're not the only ones! Nearly 2,000 farmers' markets nationwide use the same app we do. This app is very special, because there aren't many apps out there that can process SNAP cards. MobileMarket+ was actually created through a partnership between a company called Novo Dia Group and the US government, and designed specifically for farmers' markets like ours.
So here's the bad news: the Novo Dia Group decided earlier this month to discontinue the MobileMarket+ service on July 31st. The expenses to run the app were too high, and the Novo Dia Group couldn't afford it. This news is developing fast and taking a lot of people by surprise. Like I said, thousands of farmers' markets use this app and none of them were expecting this to happen.
On our end, the Adams County Farmers Market Association is endeavoring to find a solution before July 31st. We are researching other apps we could use as a substitute, and reaching out to other nearby farmers' markets for suggestions. We are also corresponding with the Farmers Market Coalition - a nationwide farmers market resource organization - for advice and support.
But, there's a way YOU can help us! The best possible outcome in this situation is if our local- and state-level representatives recognize the importance of farmers' markets like ours to the communities we serve, so that they will take action to ensure we do not loose our ability to process SNAP/EBT cards. There are already letters being drafted in the House and in the Senate to stress the importance of immediate action. All you need to do is:
STEP 2) Search for our state representatives in the search bar (Senator Bob Casey Jr, Senator Pat Toomey, and Representative Scott Perry)
STEP 3) Ask them to sign-on to letters being led in the Senate by Senator Debbie Stabenow, and in the House by Congressman Jim McGovern. The letters express concern over the impact of NDG's shutdown, and will be sent to USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
The letters being drafted in DC are not legislation, they're just a way of stressing the importance of farmers' markets like ours to the communities we serve. If our SNAP/EBT Double Dollars program has ever been useful to you we implore you to contact our state representatives and ask them to co-sign these letters.
If you would like to learn more about the situation, check out the articles below:
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