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Federal grant allows farmers' markets to allow EBT cards

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says 41 farmers' markets across the state will get grant money to help them take part in the electronic benefits transfer wireless project.

That means markets can accept Illinois Link cards.

Carbondale's Community Friday Night Fair farmer's market was chosen for the grant. It is held every Friday through September on Main Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Simon says 1 in 7 Illinoisans receive federal benefits and she hopes this program will help give them access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Upon completion of the program, Southern Illinois University Carbondale will use monthly sales data and market surveys to study and measure the impact wireless EBT machines and SNAP accessibility have on overall sales at farmers' markets and will release findings at the end of 2013 or early 2014.

Additional applications for the Illinois EBT Wireless Project will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, or to apply, visit www.agr.state.il.us or call 217-524-9129.

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