PASCO, Wash.-- EBT cards used at farmers market. The Pasco Farmer's market is trying a new system to help people who cannot afford home grown food.
They are now accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer cards or EBT. It's an electronic system that allows a recipient to use their government benefits from a federal account to a retailer account to pay for products.
Farmers market workers say it will not only help business but also their customers financially and their health. Market Manager Mike Somerville says "so the people will bring their cards in to me. I scan it through a little scanner and then we issue them a wooden token. Nickels I call them, they're worth a dollar each. So then they're able to spend them here in the market."
It's the first week of using the cards. They can only be used to buy fresh food. The Pasco Farmers Market is open Wednesdays and Saturdays.