Farmers’ Market Food Access Programs

                                       EBT at The Market

EBT is currently accepted at the Downtown SLO Thursday Night Farmers’ Market in an effort to promote greater access to fresh, healthy food.  Visitors who have EBT benefits can use their EBT cards to get tokens that can be used to purchase fresh food from the Certified Farmers’ Market section of The Market.

The EBT booth is located next to the Downtown SLO Information Booth on the corner of Higuera and Chorro Street from 6 PM to 8:30 PM every Thursday night.

For more information on applying for EBT, please visit the Department of Social Services website.

GleanSLO at The Market

GleanSLO grew from a group of community members coming together in 2010 in search of sharing the amazing bounty here in SLO County.  This grassroots effort evolved into a formal program of the Food Bank creating an infrastructure to expand their gleaning yields and broaden their reach. Gleaned produce is distributed throughout the county via an assortment of Food Bank programs including children and senior farmers’ markets, as well as Food Bank agency partners.

In August of 2012, a partnership was formed with the Downtown SLO Farmers’ Market along with SLO County Farmers’ Market Association allowing GleanSLO volunteers to collect produce from farmers for distribution the following day at Salvation Army.  Since this collaboration in 2012, the GleanSLO volunteers have collected more than 43,000 pounds of fresh produce from Thursday night market alone.

Want to get to know your local farmers AND help feed the hungry? Every week GleanSLO collects leftover produce from the SLO Thursday Night and the Templeton Saturday Farmers’ Markets. Our Collection Leaders engage with farmers, orchestrate volunteers and keep track of poundage and donation receipts. To learn more, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Emily at ewilson@slofoodbank.org.

To learn more about Glean SLO visit their website.