Abstract or Description
Maine’s SNAP farmers’ market program allows low-income families to use their EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) cards to pay for fresh produce at select farmers’ markets, often at a discounted rate. However, currently only about 30% of farmers’ markets in Maine accommodate SNAP. It is unclear whether these SNAP farmers’ markets are distributed in the areas that need them most.
In this study I examine the distribution of farmers’ markets that currently accept SNAP/EBT cards and compare them to a). the number of individuals in the town which received food supplements in 2015. b). the town’s population as of 2010 and c). the percentage of the town’s population which receives food supplements. Based on this analysis I hope to identify some factors which influence the distribution of SNAP farmers’ markets, and identify areas that would benefit most from the SNAP program.
Recommended CitationSull, Elizabeth G. "Distribution of Farmers' Markets Accepting SNAP in Maine," Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2016: No. 2, Article 6.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/atlas_docs/vol2016/iss2/6