SNAP, EBT access at People's Open Market expanding

Published On: Jun 10 2014 07:36:58 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 10 2014 07:48:28 AM HST

Beginning Tuesday, the City and County of Honolulu's People's Open Market will begin accepting SNAP/EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program / Electronic Benefit Transfer) as a method of payment at selected sites on Oahu.

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This change will allow SNAP/EBT program participants to conveniently purchase low-cost fresh, locally grown produce using their EBT cards at People's Open Market sites located in Waipahu District Park, Wahiawa District Park, Ewa Beach Community Park, and Kaumuali'i Street.

Certain vendors have accepted SNAP/EBT in the past, but this will be the first time that the market will centrally process EBT transactions, making the process easier for vendors and customers alike.  The time spent processing individual transactions led vendors to not participate in SNAP and discouraged potential customers from buying affordable, nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables.  Similar systems have been successfully implemented at other local farmer's markets.

Department of Parks and Recreation personnel and city officials, including Councilman Breene Harimoto, who introduced the resolution calling for the new SNAP/EBT system, is hosting a launch celebration on Tuesday at 8 a.m. at Waipahu District Park, located at 94-230 Paiwa Street in Waipahu.  The event will feature giveaways, refreshments, entertainment, and a cooking demonstration.

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SNAP/EBT customers can now purchase their fresh produce at the following People's Open Market locations:

Waipahu District Park
94-230 Paiwa Street
Tuesdays 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Wahiawa District Park
North Crane & California Avenue
Tuesdays 10 – 11 a.m.

Ewa Beach Community Park
91-955 North Road
Fridays 9 – 10 a.m.

Kaumuali'i Street
700 Kalihi Street
Saturdays 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.


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