(EFAP) is the largest supplemental food program the Food Bank operates. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food commodities are distributed at 26 sites throughout Monterey County via tailgate distribution on a monthly basis.On average through this program, they serve 8,500 households per month, with a total of 2.6 million pounds of food annually.
Founded in 1976, the Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Markets are the oldest and largest farmer's markets on the Central Coast with four locations: Aptos, Carmel and two in Monterey. Each has its own unique style that reflects its community and operates year round, except for Carmel and Del Monte.
Recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or CalFresh can access their food benefits electronically Fridays at the Monterey Peninsula College Farmers Market. EBT processing is available from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at a booth near the food vendors.