Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 FreshConnect Checks Program

FreshConnect Checks Program

The FreshConnect Checks Program is a component of Governor Andrew Cuomo's FreshConnect Program. At participating farmers markets, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants shopping with their Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT) card who purchase $5.00 in wooden tokens will be given a $2.00 FreshConnect Check. For each subsequent $5.00 increment, they will be given an additional $2.00 FreshConnect Check. Participating farmers markets will be mailed signage for farmers/vendors to hang at their farm stalls.

FreshConnect Checks are also available to Veterans, Servicemembers, and their immediate family members through Division of Veterans' Affairs offices on a first-come, first-served basis to be used to purchase SNAP eligible food items at any farmers' markets and/or farm stand in New York. Vendors interested in signage may contact the Department.

Eligible SNAP/food stamp food items include, but are not limited to:

  • Breads & Cereals
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Meats, Fish & Poultry
  • Honey
  • Coffee (whole beans and/or ground)
  • Mushrooms
  • Apple Cider
  • Dairy Products
  • Pasta
  • Baked Goods (for home consumption)
  • Seeds/Plants (which produce food)

Ineligible food items include, but are not limited to:

  • Beer, Wine & Liquor
  • Cigarettes & Tobacco
  • Pet Foods
  • Soaps & Lotions
  • Vitamins & Medicines
  • Hot Foods (for consumption at the market)
  • Other Prepared Foods (for consumption at the market)

Forms and Documents

For more information on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Wireless Transfer Program at farmers markets, contact:
Farmers Market Federation of NY or (315) 400-1447
To find a farmers market that participates go to

Educational Materials