July 14, 2017
We would like to welcome our new farmers and markets to MarketLink. In the first 6 months of 2017, MarketLink has signed up about 200 new farmers or markets. We are excited about these new EBT participants and wish them luck in their season!
We have also partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources to offer the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). Massachusetts HIP is a state-wide program which enables SNAP shoppers to increase their purchasing power at markets. So good luck to Frank and all of the Mass farmers as they launch their new Healthy Incentive Program!
USDA has extended the FMC contract through November of this year. There is a little over 2 million dollars available for Farmers and Markets to obtain equipment from the 4 approved providers for the program.
As most of you know, Amy Crone has resigned from MarketLink to concentrate on the Maryland Farmers Market initiatives. While this will leave a big hole for us at MarketLink, we have streamlined operations over the last few months to make it easier to cope with the loss. Jill has agreed to help through the interim until we either find a replacement or adjust the program according to the current needs. We do have Amy on speed dial to get us through and help us in any unforeseen problems! Hopefully this makes us more accessible. We are certainly making an effort to have more communication through our Social websites as well as the traditional ones. Please feel free to reach out to us for questions or concerns. Jill’s email email@example.com and mine is firstname.lastname@example.org . Of course we both get the emails from email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org so use any of those to get in touch with us.
There will be some changes in the future for MarketLink as we work with WorldPay and NovoDia to both streamline the processes and hopefully make them better and cheaper. The Association is still dedicated to the project and are actively seeking opportunities to make ALL electronic processes available to farmers and markets as well as helping all federal nutrition programs achieve efficient electronic processing at farmers markets.
Let us know how we can serve you!