Using SNAP and WIC to purchase local food

Using SNAP and WIC to purchase local food is easy to do at many Maine locations. Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as “food stamps”)  and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program can be used to purchase Maine grown foods. Although both program provide funds directly to individuals and families, they each operate a little differently. However, each can be used to purchase healthy local food, grown and produced in Maine!

About the SNAP Program

SNAP benefits can be used at many farm stands and farmers’ markets to purchase foods directly from the farmers who produced them. Additionally, many farm stands, farmers’ markets, and some co-ops and health food stores offer bonus dollars to shoppers who use SNAP. There is a bonus program at many farmers’ markets and farm stands called Maine Harvest Bucks. There is a similar program at certain retail stores Farm Fresh Rewards. These bonus programs double the value of the SNAP benefits. Learn more about where to find Maine Harvest Bucks and Farm Fresh Rewards online.

Maine Harvest Bucks bonus vouchers on Maine produce
650Maine Harvest Bucks are similar to coupons. When SNAP shoppers spend SNAP dollars at a local farms’ market or farm stand, they receive the same value in Harvest Bucks for bonus fruits and vegetables.

About WIC

WIC farmers’ market checks can be used to purchase produce from participating farmers. WIC farmers’ market checks (also called WIC FMNP) are distributed to eligible participants at their local WIC offices and may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. 

A vendor at a farmers' market smiles as she holds a sign that says "WIC accepted here"
Check with your local WIC office for a participating farmer near you.