Unfortunately, EBT will not be available at the May 6 Farmers' Market. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

EBT is the system used in California for the delivery, redemption, and reconciliation of public assistance benefits, such as CalFresh or SNAP benefits, California Food Assistance Program benefits, and cash aid benefits. 

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly food benefits to individuals and families with low income and provides economic benefits to communities. CalFresh is the largest food program in California and provides an essential hunger safety net. CalFresh is federally mandated and in California, is state-supervised and county-operated.

CalFresh benefits can help buy nutritious foods for a better diet. CalFresh benefits stretch food budgets, allowing individuals and families to afford nutritious food, including more fruit, vegetables, and other healthy foods. The amount of benefits a household receives is dependent on household size countable income, and monthly expenses, such as housing and utilities. The program issues monthly benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Food may be purchased at the Downtown SLO Thursday Farmers' Market with eligible EBT cards.

Find out if you are eligible for EBT benefits HERE

Use EBT at Downtown SLO Farmers Market!

*Unfortunately, EBT will not be available at the May 6 Farmers' Market. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Redeem your CalFresh benefits by visiting the farmers market info booth. Let the market staff know how many benefits you want to redeem, swipe your EBT card, and receive market coins to use at individual farmers' market stands. CalFresh coins can be used to purchase any food product except hot foods or food made for immediate consumption.

Eligible EBT foods:

*Not all listed are available at our market

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Dairy products
  • Bread and cereals
  • Other foods such as snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Seeds and plants, which produce food for the household to eat


GleanSLO is a program with The Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Since 2012, volunteer "gleaners" have been stopping by the farmer booths during the market to collect fresh produce donations that are then distributed throughout the county to those in need.

To date, GleanSLO has collected an estimated 220,000 pounds of fresh produce at the Thursday market alone.

Find out more about GleanSLO!