Give thanks for farmers by Saving EBT Processing at Georgia Markets
What is going on with EBT Processing
Over the summer you may have heard that farmers markets were going to lose the ability to accept EBT/SNAP benefits. This has not yet happened but is still a concern as we head into 2019.
The technology company, Novo Dia Group, was slated to shut down at the end of July but have been able to extend their operations until the end of February 2019 thanks to help from the State of New York and the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. However, a permanent solution is still not in place for Georgia farmers and markets.
How It Affects Georgia
Georgia’s farmers, markets, and consumers need consistency and stability in processing EBT payments. Customers should not have to wonder if their money is good at a market.
The closure of Novo Dia Group could impact your local market and local farmers’ sales, which would in turn impact the local and state economy.
WWG’s network of 60+ partners across the state have made over $280,000 in EBT sales in 2018 alone from over 8,000 customers shopping with EBT cards.
If a solution is not found by February 28, 2019, Georgia’s markets and farmers who rely on Novo Dia Group technology to process EBT payments will have to make an out-of-pocket purchase of an expensive wireless EBT equipment.
How You Can Help — #GiveThanksforfarmers
Some states, such as North Carolina and Arkansas, have been proactive by supplying retailers with wireless EBT machines for free through state and federal funds.
That’s why we encourage you to reach out to Georgia’s senators to protect local farmers and markets with the same courtesy:
Senator Johnny Isakson
Phone: (202) 224-3643
Senator David Perdue
Phone: (202) 224-3521
You can also share your support on social media by using the hashtag #GiveThanksforFarmers and linking back to this page to help spread the word and encourage action in your community.
stay up to date with the latest news:
Wholesome Wave Georgia’s newsletter and Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
The National Association of Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs website.
The Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) website.
FMC has a SNAP Mini-Grant Program that may be able to help some markets acquire new machinery, but this won’t be enough to protect all of Georgia’s markets, farms, and customers. Learn more and apply for the grant here.