Token Program, Fresh Funds, WIC and Senior Coupons
Did you know that you can use your debit or SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) EBT card at the market? We piloted our Token Program in 2005 (one of the first markets in the state to do so) and now it’s a key component to our market! Simply drop by the information booth (at the corner of 44th Ave and Hancock St.) to use your debit or EBT card.
Debit Purchases: Customers using their debit card will receive wooden tokens in $5 denominations. These orange $5 tokens never expire and are accepted by all vendors at the Hollywood Farmers Market and Lloyd Farmers Market. There are no limitations on purchases made with the orange $5 tokens and vendors will give you change in cash if you do not spend the full amount of the token. We apply a $1.50 surcharge which supports the cost of the token program.
SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamp) Purchases: Customers using their EBT card (known as Oregon Trail in Oregon and Basic Food in Washington) will receive tokens in $1 denominations. Just like any other SNAP EBT dollars, these green $1 tokens may only be used to purchase vegetables, fruit, poultry, seafood, meat, breads, dairy products and plants or seeds for growing food. The green $1 tokens may NOT be used to purchase hot ready-to-eat foods, alcohol, or non-food items. Change cannot be made, so we suggest that SNAP customers shop the market with some loose change to use with their SNAP tokens.
Fresh Funds Program: In 2010, the Hollywood Farmers Market introduced Fresh Funds, a SNAP match program at the market. Every market day, SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) customers can use their card at the market to withdraw tokens to spend on fresh local food. We will match, dollar-to-dollar up to $5, those funds to help increase the purchasing power of SNAP recipients and reward healthy eating.
This year we have extended this popular program to the Lloyd Farmers Market, which runs Tuesdays year-round.
WIC and Senior Coupons
Customers participating in the Farm Direct Nutrition Program may use their WIC or Senior checks at the Hollywood Farmers Market between June 1st and October 31st. Please look for the “Oregon Farm Direct Nutrition Checks Welcome Here!” sign in each eligible vendor’s booth. All vendors at HFM that sell eligible products (fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs) will accept these checks. Check out the Farm Direct Nutrition Program website for more information.