A USDA ruling has forced the South Cumberland Farmers Market to cancel the SNAP Incentive which would have made SNAP (food stamp) customers eligible for up to $10 worth of free fruits and vegetable each week. SCFM has honored SNAP customers’ EBT payments for more than two years.
The day before the SNAP Incentive was scheduled to begin, the SCFM received word its authorization to take SNAP payments had been revoked meaning SNAP customers could not use their benefits to purchase fresh locally grown food at the market. Due to SCFM’s online ordering system, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service ruled SCFM was not a farmers market but rather a type of “nontraditional business” classified as a “Shopping Service.”
SCFM remains committed to providing area residents with fresh, locally grown fruit, vegetables, and meat.
“The South Cumberland Farmers Market extends thanks to the community for supporting the online market,” said SCFM Board President Leslie Lytle. “You are our reason for being.”