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Policy Summary

This law sets up a program called "SNAP to Health," to provide technical assistance to a) help farmer's markets acquire technology necessary to accept and process benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); and b) train managers at farmer's markets how to manage the reporting requirements and responsibilities associated with managing a system that accepts and processes SNAP benefits. It also establishes that grant funding of up to $5,000 per fiscal year for up to 3 years is available for qualifying farmers' markets under the program, using a graduated scale (up to 100% of costs in the first year, up to 50% of costs in second year, and up to 25% in the third year). The law also sets an initial appropriation of $100,000.00 to fund the program.

Background Information

State Maryland
Jurisdiction Name Prince George's County
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
  • Creates an incentive for a change
Reach Limited scope
The law creates a voluntary program.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

Program is designed to support farmers markets in accepting and processing payments from participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Health-related goal?
Yes

See reference to "health benefits of buying fresh produce." § 12-118(a).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Yes

Supports utilization and acceptance of supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment at farmers' markets.

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Unclear

Although not titled "intent" or "purpose," section 12-116(a) provides: "The Department shall establish a program entitled "SNAP To Health" to provide technical assistance to a Farmer's Market in acquiring technology necessary to accept and process benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and to train managers at a Farmer's Market how to manage the reporting requirements and responsibilities associated with managing a system that accepts and processes SNAP benefits." § 12-116(a)

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 12-104.

Addresses implementation?
Yes

The Health Department is directed to establish the grant program, provide grants, perform outreach, and promulgate regulations necessary to implement the program. §§12-116 to -120.

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
Yes

"The administration and implementation of this program shall be funded initially for an amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00) as appropriated in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget." §12-119 (a).

Code context and ordinance history

Subdivision 4 (SNAP to Health Program) is located in Subtitle 12 (Health), Division 2 (Food Service Facilities). History: CB-37-2014.