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
The following are lists of Farmers' Markets that take place on a weekly basis throughout Santa Clara County:
Farmers' Markets in Santa Clara County accepting CalFresh/EBT
Santa Clara County Certified Farmers' Markets
To find accepting retailers near you, use the SNAP Retailer Locator map
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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