A $182,000 federal grant from the United States Department of
Agriculture could provide up to 150 Illinois farmers’ markets with free
wireless machines that accept debit, credit and Link cards.
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Wireless Project is aiming to expand
access to fresh fruits and vegetables for Illinois’ low-income
residents. Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon
originally announced the plan, and Simon’s spokeswoman Kathryn Phillips
told Progress Illinois that farmers markets must apply for the grant by
July 9 (go here to apply). Illinois’ wireless EBT project is part of a $4 million nationwide effort by the United States Department of Agriculture to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) use at farmers’ markets.
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