By the end of July Nova Dia will no longer allow SNAP processing on its MarketLink Mobile Market Plus app. Click here for a recent article in the Chicago Tribune.
Only 16 farmers markets accepting SNAP/Link in Illinois will be affected by this change. Most markets are using a standard SNAP/EBT wireless machine and not an Iphone/ Ipad based solution for SNAP transactions, which is the basis for the MarketLink platform. And, this does not impact the redemption of Link Match incentives. It will impact the ability (Nova Dia MarketLink merchants only) to distribute Link Match when the incentive is triggered by a SNAP sale. Check the brochure for the Illinois farmers markets accepting SNAP/Link in 2018.
Experimental Station has been working with the Illinois Department of Human Services on an alternative SNAP processing and machine options.
If you are a FNS certified farmer or farmers market and would like to take advantage of a no-cost equipment solution please contact Sarhonda and John from the Illinois Department of Human Services for more information and assistance. See attachment for information.