The CalFresh Program helps single people and families with little or no income to buy food. In Santa Clara County, people authorized to receive CalFresh benefits can buy food by using the EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer)/Food Stamps card at a grocery store and some farmers' markets in the county.
Why shop at Farmers' Markets?
Fresh: Farmers' Markets offer the freshest produce. Produce is often harvested the same day of the market. While you are eating the freshest food, you are eating the healthiest food too!
Fun: Have fun while you shop outside. Meet up with friends, listen to music and catch a cooking demonstration.
Safe: When you buy locally grown food, you know where your food is coming from and you can meet the people who grow it.
Affordable: Buying fruit and vegetables when they are in-season saves money. Remember many farmers' markets accept EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer)/Food Stamps (CalFresh) and WIC Farmers' Market Checks.
CalFresh (EBT/Food Stamps)
EBT/Food Stamps (CalFresh): Bring your EBT/Food Stamp card to the information booth at the Farmers' Market. Decide how much to spend and swipe your card. The information booth will give you one token for every $1.00 that you spend. Use your tokens to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.
Certified Farmers' Markets in Santa Clara County
NEW! The Valley Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce the grand opening of its Farmers' Market on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
The grand opening will be from 10am - 2 pm at the Valley Specialty Center, 751 S. Bascom Avenue in San Jose. The market will continue weekly through November every Wednesday from 10 am - 2pm. This is a great opportunity to support local farmers and provide Valley Medical Center's patrons access to affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables. WIC and CalFresh/EBT will be accepted. Please join us and bring a bag or basket and gather some beautiful, fresh produce to bring home to enjoy! CalFresh/EBT will be accepted. The Farmers' Market at Valley Medical Center is a partnership between Valley Medical Center Foundation, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, County Employee Wellness Department and The Health Trust. To learn more, download Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Farmers' Market flyer (English/Spanish).
The following are lists of Farmers' Markets that take place on a weekly basis throughout Santa Clara County:
CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program
If you are elderly, disabled or homeless, you can use your CalFresh EBT card to purchase prepared food from restaurants participating in the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program. Currently there are 18 restaurants participating in the CalFresh Restaurants Meals Program.
Click CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program to view a list of participating restaurants.
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