SB 850 - Subject to appropriations, this act requires the Department of Social Services to establish a pilot program for the purpose of providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants with access and the ability to afford fresh fruit and vegetables when purchasing fresh produce at farmers' markets.
Under the pilot program, such participants shall be able to purchase fresh produce with SNAP benefits with an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card and receive a dollar-for-dollar match for every SNAP dollar spent at a participating farmer's market in an amount up to ten dollars per week whenever the participant purchases fresh produce with an EBT card.
In addition, purchases of approved fresh produce by SNAP participants under this act shall automatically trigger matching funds reimbursement into the vendor accounts by the Department.
The Department shall be required to promulgate rules setting forth the procedures and methods of implementing this act. This program shall sunset on August 28, 2020.