CalFresh & WIC
Our Community Outreach for these key programs is sponsored by Charles Krug Winery.
We are proud to welcome CalFresh Households to shop at our Market. The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides benefits to those families in need through the Golden State Advantage card, which is used like a debit card. The St. Helena Farmers’ Market processes CalFresh transactions at its General Store, debiting the card in exchange for $1 and $5 wooden tokens that shoppers can use at vendor stalls. Eligible items for purchase include: fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and poultry, dairy products, breads and cereals, and seeds and plants which produce food. Hot foods cannot be purchased using CalFresh tokens.
We offer a $1 for $1 match on purchases made by CalFresh participants, thereby doubling the dollars available for qualified purchases.
“Cash change” for purchases made with EBT tokens cannot be given. EBT tokens of a smaller amount can be given as change for EBT Purchases.
We are also pleased to welcome WIC (Women, Infants, Children Supplemental Nutrition Program) and WIC’s Senior Nutrition Program at our Market. WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, children and seniors. It helps families by providing WIC checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors. Participants must meet income guidelines and be pregnant women, new mothers, infants, children under age five or seniors. WIC checks can be used to purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables, edible herbs, cheese, whole grains, pasta and tortillas. They cannot be used to purchase non-produce foods including honey, nuts, eggs, baked goods, flowers, or pre-packaged dried fruit. WIC checks can be given directly to participating growers for the produce.