Job & Family Services Office of Family Assistance
EBT in Ohio Farmers' Markets

How to Become Certified to Accept the Ohio Direction Card  


Ohio Farmers' Markets interested in obtaining certification to accept the Ohio Direction Card must apply with Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) to become a certified Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) retailer.  To apply:

1. Visit www.fns.usda.gov/snap/ebt/fm.htm, or www.marketlink.org  

2. Call (877) 823-823-4369 to request a paper application packet.

Once your market is certified by FNS, your market is eligible to accept the Ohio Direction Card. To learn more about how to get licensed by FNS, how the scrip system works, and what support or grant opportunities may be available, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/farmer-producer.   Any questions regarding your application are to be directed to Robin Masters, USDA-FNS at (317) 478-3180 or RPMDHQ-WEB@fns.usda.gov.

3. Contact USDA about your SNAP certified farmers' markets incentive program operation. SNAP Certified Farmers' Markets which operate an incentive program should contact Robin Masters at RPMDHQ-WEB@FNS.usda.gov and provide the following information:

  • Name and contact information of your program administrator(s)
  • An explanation of how the program will be operated,
  • Sources of funding, and
  • Methods of data collection (e.g. how many incentive dollars that were used, etc.)

Please visit the links below for additional resources:  

Market Promotion

EBT Farmers' Market Welcome Cards (1)
EBT Farmers' Market Welcome Cards (2)
Ohio Direction Card Market Promotion Materials (fillables)  

Market Resources

Accepting SNAP at Farmers' Markets
SNAP at Farmers' Markets - How to Handbook
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Ohio Proud
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
Ohio Marketing Assistance
SNAP Eligible Foods