Va. Farmers' Markets to Get Food Stamp Machines

Friday, Aug 17, 2012  |  Updated 1:58 PM EDT
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Va. Farmers' Markets to Get Food Stamp Machines

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The Virginia and federal governments are making it possible for the state's farmers' markets to accept food stamps.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and consumer Services says the state will receive $92,000 in federal funds to place electronic benefit transfer machines in farmers' markets. Adding an EBT machine on site will allow eligible customers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program vouchers for fresh produce, eggs and other health items.

The EBT machines also will allow any customer to pay with a debit or credit card.

The funding is part of $4 million that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making available nationwide.

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