To: Members of the Stonington Farmers Market
From: Court Haight
As requested, I have done some research on the necessary steps to apply for an EBT/debit/credit/wireless POS (point of sale) terminal as well as the procedure for the
The SNAP Program works reasonably well if the market or the individual managing the SNAP Program for the market has the wireless POS terminal. To participate in the SNAP program on a manual basis requires very onerous paperwork required by the Fed and State govts, and is not recommended.
The deal with obtaining the POS terminal is the registration for an“FNS number” for the market. Also, the state (DHHS) requires the market’s bank account information (Acc’t number and bank routing number) to receive monthly reimbursement from the state for SNAP transactions. More critical is the registration for the FNS number to qualify and apply for a POS terminal. This requires an individual vendor to register as “representative” for the market, and that individual becomes the“responsible party” who personally agrees to abide and comply with all FNS rules and guidelines. This process requires the individual to register his or her SSN # and photo I.D. etc.. This is a situation which I do not relish at all, unless someone else among you is willing to step forward to offer to be the “Responsible party”. I am also informed by Colleen Hanlon-Smith of the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets that the government will accept applications for the FNS number from the market itself, provided the market has a registered federal EIN number, which I doubt we have, as I do not recall having to provide such when the original bank account for the market was set up many years ago. Caty Frazier—can you confirm whether the market has it’s own EIN #?
I have tried in vain to contact the Washington/Hancock County Community Agency
Who is apparently assisting in the establishment of the SNAP Program for the Ellsworth and Milbridge Farmers Markets.
That’s all I have on this subject at this time. I will continue my research further.
I am sending a copy of this report to Colleen at the MFFM for her information.
Hi Court and All-