The Portland Farmers' Market Association

Low-Income Food Access Program

Our Market Information Booth serves as the hub of our Low Income Food Access Program:

 

**The following information is relevant prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and may reflect the offerings at the Market Info Booth under normal circumstance

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We began this program as an effort to increase food access and provide services and support to individuals and families in our community who are facing food insecurity, while also supporting our farmers. The Info Booth provides broad access to our market and the convenience of using a snap/ebt/visa/mastercard/discover/amex to shop the entire market using our Wooden Tokens.

PFMA is a state recognized non-profit, and our Program operating costs are covered by our ongoing fundraising: Friends of the Market memberships, sales of Market Goods, Donations, Fundraising Events, and farmer support. When you support our fundraising, you are supporting the entire market community, and we thank you!

**Please note, during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • The Market Information Booth will be pared down to processing SNAP/EBT only, and matching SNAP purchases with Maine Harvest Bucks.

  • We will not have t-shirts, bags, or credit/debit tokens available for the time being.

  • Many farmers can still process credit/debit cards directly at their booth. Most farmers also accept cash and check.

  • Customers may still spend any credit/debit tokens they have already on hand. 

  • We will still be able to accept contact-less donations to our food access program through our online store if you choose. A scan-able link will be available at the Info Booth.

Learn about the Wooden Token System in this video made by Nick Girard and http://www.thefoodweeat.org/.

SNAP/EBT Access & Wooden Tokens

SNAP/EBT Access & Wooden Tokens

Use your SNAP/EBT, Credit, or Debit card to get wooden tokens that can be used to shop at any farm vendors booths.

Thanks to Maine Harvest Bucks, we also offer a nutrition incentive to SNAP customers. For every dollar spent with SNAP at our market, we match your purchase with bonus tokens to spend on fruits and vegetables at Market. We do not currently have a matching limit, so you can Spend $100 in SNAP and get an additional $100 in Maine Harvest Bucks tokens!

Credit/Debit customers: one of our fundraisers, is to ask you to make a small, $1.00 donation each time you swipe your card. We thank for supporting our fundraising!

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Support our

FUNDRAISING

Support our Fundraising

Proceeds from our fundraising goes to support the annual operating costs of our Low-Income Food Access Program.

Ways to support our Fundraising:

  • Make a direct donation

  • Purchase Market Goods (sweatshirts, t-shirts, onesies, tote bags, coin purses, reusable produce bags, stickers and more)

  • Become a Friend of the Market (individual memberships starting at $35.00/yr and business memberships starting at $250.00/yr)

  • Come to our Fundraising events!  

  • Become a Program Sponsor

Get Market Info &

Sign up to Volunteer

Market Info & Volunteering

First visit to our Market? Have a question? Let us help you! Visit the Market Info booth during regular market hours, year round!

Sign up to Volunteer online or in person, and help out at one of our Fundraising Events, or help us count customers. You'll have fun and support a great cause!

SIGN UP NOW TO JOIN OUR VOLUNTEER MAILING LIST

Program Sponsors & Supporters

Community organizations who generously support our Low-Income Access Program. Learn more here, or contact us to join!

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Click on a sponsor's logo to visit their website and learn how you can support them!

2020 MARKET DAYS:

Summer 2020:

Saturdays & Wednesdays beginning April 25, 2020: Deering Oaks Park, 7am-1pm.

Winter 2020/2021:

Saturdays, Dec 5, 2020- April 17, 2021:  631 Stevens Ave, 9am-1pm

 

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