FOOD RESROUCES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The Santa Monica Farmers Markets are committed to connecting people to fresh, healthy food. Here are some additional resource for those in need.
Grocery stores, restaurants, free or low-cost food options
Essential Services Map (Formerly Food Pickup and Delivery Map)
CalFresh (formerly SNAP, aka Food Stamps)
All four Santa Monica Farmers Markets accept EBT cards! Visit the information booth and slide your card through the point-of-sale device. Once approved, you will be issued scrip which may be spent with any farmer at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets. CalFresh, is the new brand, name, and design for California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. The program's goal is to improve the quality of life for Californians by providing access to healthy and nutritious foods. For more information about SNAP and the CalFresh program, visit the Department of Social Services.
Market Match provides free coupons to buy fruits and vegetables
that make it easier for Santa Monica residents to eat healthier. In the Market Match program people who receive
CalFresh (food stamps) are eligible to receive $10 in
vouchers weekly while supplies last at the Saturday Pico farmers market in Virginia Avenue Park. Vouchers are exclusively to purchase fruits, vegetables and nuts from certified growers. Registration is required by going to the Market
Match booth (next to the market information booth) and presenting proof of participation in CalFresh.
a list of other markets participating regionally, visit www.hungeractionla.org/marketmatch. To learn more about Hunger Action LA or how you can support funding efforts, follow them on Instagram @hungeractionla or visit their website and subscribe to their newsletter.
Farmers Market Nutrition Program Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
The Santa Monica Farmers Markets also accept seasonal Farmers Market Nutrition Program WIC coupons. The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program aims to provide fresh, nutritious, locally grown fruits and vegetables from farmers markets to low-income families, and expand the awareness and use of farmers markets. WIC also provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education, and support for families with a low to medium income. Each eligible family receives a total of $20 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at WIC-approved Certified Farmers Markets in California during the season, from May through November.
To find a local office and for more information on how to apply for WIC, please call 1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) or go to www.WICworks.ca.gov.
The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)
SFMNP is a seasonal assistance program aimed at increasing accessibility and consumption of fresh produce by low-income seniors. In California, the SFMNP begins in May and runs through the end of November. Federally funded, the SFMNP provides low-income seniors with check booklets which include 10 checks redeemable for $2 each, which can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, honey and herbs at Certified Farmers’ Markets (CFM).
To find a local office and for more information on how to apply for SFMNP, please call (916) 657-3231 or visit the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program website.