Food Access

MIFMA believes that everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, local food through farmers markets and that farmers markets are a great place to purchase fresh, healthy foods and to connect with local farmers and the community.

MIFMA provides networking opportunities, shares resources, and facilitates collaboration for individuals and organizations working to increase consumers’ access to healthy, locally-produced foods through farmers markets. Our focus is on those consumers who are eligible for food assistance including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Farmers Market Nutrition Program/WIC Project FRESH and Market FRESH (formerly Senior Project FRESH); and similar programs.

Click on the name of a program and/or use the drop-down menu to learn more about food access initiatives at farmers markets.

2018 Food Access Webinar Series

Farmers markets can accept food assistance benefits to create a win-win-win opportunity for their market, their vendors, and the health of their community. Accepting food assistance benefits can increase revenue for vendors, contribute to vendor recruitment and retention for the market and increase access to fresh, nutritious, local food for residents of your community.

Each webinar qualifies for at least 1 Professional Development Hour for certified market managers seeking recertification through MIFMA’s Continuing Education Program.

Accepting SNAP at Michigan Farmers Markets
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EST
Register here

Attend this webinar to learn how accepting SNAP benefits can benefit a farmers market and the steps to getting started. This webinar will discuss how a market can facilitate SNAP transactions between customers and vendors.

This series is supported in part by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).