For Markets and Market Partners

What is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly Food Stamps, is a public assistance program that provides low-income families funds to purchase foods. From the USDA:

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

In Wisconsin, SNAP is known as FoodShare. For more information on Wisconsin-specific SNAP data, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services website, here. 


External Resources- SNAP at Farmers Markets

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: here you’ll find information on local/regional food promotion, data on farmers’ markets across the US, farmers’ market directories, and more!

Farmers’ Market Coalition: here you’ll find resources for funding, operating your market, SNAP program questions, and the chance to network with other farmers’ markets across the US!

UW-Extension’s Community Food Systems Community of Practice: here you’ll find resources for supporting SNAP at farmers’ markets, a directory for markets specifically in Wisconsin, and additional links to other state and national data and resources!