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Food Access Programs

Fresh produce for everyone! We accept EBT/CalFresh and offer Market Match!

Plan Ahead! Token distribution closes 30 minutes before the market ends.

Vendors will continue to accept tokens until the market ends.

Click here for a list of our EBT Eligible Vendors


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 tokens to use at eligible booths. CalFresh tokens can purchase any food product except hot foods or food made for immediate consumption.

How to redeem your CalFresh/EBT Benefits

Eligible EBT foods *Subject to availability*

  • 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

About EBT

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 low-income individuals and families. Additionally, it provides an economic benefit to local 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.

Find out if you are eligible for EBT benefits HERE

Are you a Cal Poly Student? Cal Fresh @ Cal Poly can help you apply for EBT, answer questions about your EBT card, and more! Find out more.

Market Match

Market Match is available at the Downtown SLO Farmers' Market!

Use your Cal Fresh/SNAP/EBT at our market each week and we will match up to $10 in Market Match tokens! Your bonus Market Match tokens are good for fruit and vegetable purchases.

Market Match is funded in part through the California Department of Agriculture and the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.